Farm or Fight–first food heritage workshop

Canadians faced a unique dilemma during World War I: should citizens join the army or ramp up farm production to feed ourselves well while expanding food exports to Britain? The question preoccupied the entire country from 2014 until the war ended, but as a new city at the edge of farmland, Verdun took a leading role in determining a response.

A September 20 presentation in the Verdun greenhouses focusses on the farm or fight dilemma by examining the experiences of the Glass, Hadley, Luker, Murray, Sullivan and Winsper families. We’ll look at Verdun’s evolution from a young entity with few people to a booming metropolis that supplied the highest per-capita enlistment of any city in the British Empire.

Participation costs $15 and includes some war-time recipes to sample and take home. To register, visit

This is the first of four heritage food presentations by Tracey Arial.


Farm or Fight

Thursday, September 20

7 to 8:30 p.m.

7000 Blvd. LaSalle, Verdun

Tickets: $15 ($13.50 for CAUS members)—pick them up at the Verdun Farmers’ Markets or pay online.


The second week at the Wellington family market

Sabrina Liu de Niagara Falls a des pierres semi-précieuses etc.
Sabrina Liu of Niagara Falls with semi-précious stones, etc.

**Here are our vendors / participants for Sunday, July 12!


Register here.

Jardins Tierra Viva Gardens (farmers)

Fraser’s Field (farmers)

Le Mielleux (Quebec honey)

Fabrice (sweet baked goods)

Ferme Oracle des Bois ( artisanal bread)

(Ferme) Sud-Ouest Co-op Farm (semis / seedlings)

Green Bunny Workshop (Origami jewellery)

Sabrina Liu (semi-precious stones, etc.)

Jacinthe Rodrigue (artist)


CAUS: herbs, decorative ceramics + plants

Jaya Thifault (hand-made soaps & candles) AND face painting for children!!!

***PLUS: Workshop presented by: “Un plant de tomate à la fois“:
Ma Calendula !

– 12:15 p.m.  (between 3 and 6 years)
– 2:15 p.m. (between 6 and 9 years)


“Learn how a plant eats and what it needs to grow in a fun workshop in which you will also get your hands dirty learning the proper steps of seeding and plant care!”

Workshops are bilingual.


Auto Water System


Join COOP C.A.U.S. member Eric as he guides us through a hands-on demonstration of how to construct self-watering container systems!

The workshop takes place this Saturday from 3 until 5 p.m. at Nu Art Café, 3770 Wellington Street, Verdun.

Please join our Facebook event to let us know you’re coming.