Macdonald Campus Farm

Here's a feast for your eyes on this chilly February morning. Join Mike Bleho for a trip back to the sweltering summer of 2020 to see the construction of a couple of new structures at the Hort Centre - a low input high tunnel and a greenhouse. Thanks to this new infrastructure, the team produced tomatoes right up until the first week of November! The project came together thanks to the dedicated efforts of our staff and students and was supported by the McGill Sustainability Projects Fund. 

Classified as: Horticulture Centre
Published on: 18 Feb 2021

Animal-friendly fences, optimized water use and rotational grazing systems help make the Mac dairy herd more sustainable overall

“This system of pasturing uses the cattle to manage grass growth, and in return, the cattle get highly nutritious grass at the peak of quality while spending the spring, summer and fall outside in a natural environment,” says [Farm Manager, Paul] Meldrum of the Project which received funding from the University’s Sustainability Projects Fund.

Classified as: dairy production, sustainable pasture systems
Published on: 18 Feb 2021

The Ecological Improvement of Dairy Cow Pastures project has created a sustainable pasture system at the Macdonald Campus Farm which features a rotational grazing system for cattle, the addition of approximately 700 trees and shrubs, the installation of water lines for access to fresh water, and the purchase of a mobile shade umbrella to protect cattle from the sun. The re-design of the pastures has led to improved animal well-being and reduced machinery usage.

Classified as: sustainable pasture systems, Cow comfort and management
Published on: 25 Nov 2020

As Coordinator of the Horticulture Research Centre at the Macdonald Campus Farm, Michael [Bleho] has demonstrated his commitment to sustainability through his daily interactions with students and his work making the agricultural process more eco-friendly throughout his 30 years at the Centre. Michael was a driving force in establishing ‘McGill Feeding McGill’, an initiative which directly provides Macdonald Campus produce to campus dining halls.

Classified as: Sustainability, Horticulture Research Centre
Published on: 25 Nov 2020

« Depuis 30 ans, je prends soin du verger de McGill, confie fièrement Michael Bleho, coordonnateur du Centre de recherche horticole de l’Université McGill. J’adore travailler avec les pommiers! » Débordant d’enthousiasme, il annonce ainsi l’aboutissement d’un projet colossal : planter un nouveau verger pour l’université.

Classified as: orchard, apples
Published on: 13 Dec 2019

Congratulations to Mac Farm Staffer Martin Chaumont recipient of the Principal’s Award for Administrative and Support Staff (Technical Assistants, Library Assistants and Nurses Category)!

Classified as: Principal's Award
Published on: 31 Oct 2019

[Paul Meldrum, Macdonald Campus Farm Manager, is a familiar and friendly face to many staff and students on campus - He describes his experience working with students at the farm: "I am very proud of our students. They inspire me and give me confidence in the future."]

Paul Meldrum est un vrai passionné. Après avoir mené de front, pendant 22 ans, le métier d’éleveur de vaches laitières et de journaliste spécialisé en agriculture, il a été engagé par la ferme du Campus Macdonald en 2004. Et il en assure la direction – avec un enthousiasme évident – depuis 11 ans.

Published on: 21 Feb 2019

La Ferme Macdonald College fait partie des seize fermes laitières qui ont reçu les grands honneurs à l’occasion du 30e Gala du Club de l’Excellence d’Agropur, tenu à Québec le 25 janvier dernier. Cet événement a rendu hommage aux fermes laitières, membres d’Agropur, ayant enregistré les meilleurs résultats en matière de qualité. Lors de l’évènement, la Ferme Macdonald College a été intronisée au Club de l’Excellence d’Agropur.

Classified as: Macdonald Campus Farm, Milk Production
Published on: 14 Feb 2019

Le campus Macdonald de l’Université McGill disposera bientôt d’un nouvel espace pour faire connaître au grand public la vraie nature de l’agriculture moderne.  ...

Classified as: Macdonald Fam Community Engagement Centre, Centre d'engagement communautaire de la ferme Macdonald
Published on: 21 Sep 2018

Le dimanche 9 septembre , de 10 h à 16 h, c’est un rendez-vous sur plus de 100 fermes partout au Québec et au Parc olympique de Montréal pour la 16e édition des Portes ouvertes sur les fermes du Québec....Présenté par l’UPA depuis 2003, cet événement familial gratuit permet de visiter des fermes qui en plus de leur accueil offrent des dégustations de produits régionaux, démonstrations agricoles, rencontres avec des experts tels que vétérinaires et agronomes et, surtout, un contact privilégié avec les gens de passion qui se cachent derrière nos bons produits d’ici.

Classified as: Portes Ouvertes UPA, UPA Open House
Published on: 20 Aug 2018

McGill University’s Macdonald Campus Farm is embarking on an ambitious project to renovate the century old dairy barn into a new centre to welcome visitors to the world of food production.  The only operating dairy farm on the island of Montreal, the Macdonald Campus Farm, welcomes school visits during the months of May and June only.

Classified as: Macdonald Campus Farm, Community Engagement Centre
Published on: 30 May 2017

 

A friend realized his life’s dream through one of the generous programs offered by the [Macdonald] campus of McGill University in Saint Anne-de-Bellevue…

Macdonald campus, therefore, is a God-send.  

Classified as: farming, Macdonald Campus Farm, Farm to School
Published on: 12 Jul 2016

 

City TV's morning show, Breakfast Television, spent an early morning on the Macdonald Campus Farm to hear about McGill's agriculture programs and try to learn some farm skills. Visits were made to the Dairy Barn, the Horticulture Centre, and the high tunnels; reporter Wilder Weir talked with Farm Director Paul Meldrum and Mike Bleho about the various programs offered at Macdonald and the "McGill Feeding McGill" program.

Watch the broadcast

 

 

Classified as: Macdonald Campus, Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Macdonald Campus Farm
Published on: 2 Oct 2015
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