Ecological Farm Project

Help students behind the Macdonald farm grow quality food and become thoughtful farmers for the local community by supporting the purchase of new high-performance equipment.

  • The farm allows students to share small-scale farming knowledge and skills with other student farmers and develop managerial competences
  • Students can feed the local community with fresh and sustainably grown vegetables
  • The farm can demonstrate how the use of ecological farming practices is achievable at McGill’s Macdonald campus

Macdonald Student-run Ecological Gardens (MSEG) is a student-run, ecological market garden that has been in operation for 6 years. Using all organic practices, the farm grows about fifty different vegetable crops on roughly 3 acres of land while also managing a permaculture food forest, which contains over two hundred fruit trees.

MSEG employs student farmers and hosts countless volunteers from both campuses in an effort to transfer hands-on skills of small-scale, sustainable farming to the McGill community.  In order for the project to continue running and address growing demands for organic and locally-grown produce, we need to purchase new supplies including row covers, irrigation equipment and tools such as shovels, hoes and racks. These materials are used every day and are essential to the operations of the farm.

To increase our efficiency and reduce our workload, we are hoping to acquire a new precision seeder as well as carts and wheelbarrows to carry our harvest from field to storage. Every footstep is counted in a market garden, and those tools are necessary to make the work enjoyable and more manageable.  Additionally, to become more sustainable, we need to buy a complete toolkit as well as maintenance equipment like a mower and a weed whacker. We use those tools to set up the irrigation system every spring and to put up our tomato high tunnels. The mower and weed whacker are also indispensable equipment to manage weeds on the farm.
This equipment is crucial to the continued success of the Macdonald student-run ecological farm. With your help, we can alleviate the financial stress on our team and allow our project to maintain its strong presence on campus.

Help us continue to make ecological farming a longstanding practice here at McGill!

Meet the Project Team: 
Florence Bieler
  • Agro-Environmental Sciences
  • Mseg Co-manager
  • They call me the cranberry princess
Chloe Marie Trepanier
  • Agro. Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Ecological Agriculture and a minor in Agri. Business Entrepreneurship
  • MSEG apprentice
  • My hiccups tend to be extremely loud and startling and completely uncontrollable. I’ve scared a few people in my day.
Shaina Hayes
  • Agro-Environmental Sciences
  • MSEG Co-Manager
  • My brute strength once had me considering a career as a professional shot-putter.
Mathieu Ouellet
  • Agro-Environmental Sciences
  • MSEG Co-Manager
  • I’m a master at balancing farm tools while riding my muddy Vespa.
Amiya Seligman
  • Urban Studies and Liberal Arts
  • MSEG Apprentice
  • My favorite part of a fruit is its peel. Bananas and Grapefruits included.
Mattson Griffiths
  • Farm Management and Technology
  • MSEG Apprentice
  • I make no apologies for my abstract analogies that confuse more often than clarify..