McGill Alert / Alerte de McGill

Updated: Fri, 07/12/2024 - 12:16

McGill Alert. The downtown campus will remain partially closed through the evening of Monday, July 15. See the Campus Safety site for details.

Alerte de McGill. Le campus du centre-ville restera partiellement fermé jusqu’au lundi 15 juillet, en soirée. Complément d’information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention

Community

Conceptual rendering of the planned community engagement centre, with community members outside of the building
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Conceptual rendering of the Community Engagement Centre

Macdonald Farm Community Engagement Centre

The Macdonald Farm Community Engagement Centre will introduce new generations to the past, present and future of sustainable food production and environmental stewardship, and multiply the farm’s capacity to receive visitors by providing a suitable venue for flexible use, available all year round, and will offer hands-on educational activities and programs to inspire young minds.

Currently under construction, the centre, comprising of the Lorna K. and J. William Ritchie Educational Hall, the Alton and Murray McEwen Visitor Hub, and the Stewart Brown and Anne Myles Brown Food Transformation Laboratory, will offer visitors an experience that is both fun and informative.

Marché Mac Market

The Mac Market is open to the public from July to November, selling seasonal vegetables and fruits produced on campus, as well as transplants in the spring. For opening hours or more information, call 514-387-7875 or visit the market's Facebook page.

Farm visits

We welcome public visits to observe the herd in the pasture, however we do not currently offer interaction with the farm animals. These measures protect the animals’ safety and assure the success of ongoing McGill research into their health and well-being.

McGill Feeding McGill

Each year, McGill Feeding McGill supplies over 25,000 kg of fresh produce from the Horticulture Research Centre at Macdonald Farm to the University's Food and Dining Services, used in residences and dining halls across the University's two campuses. Ten years on, what started as a pilot project rooted in student research and a passion for sustainable, local food, is now a successful and award-winning sustainability initiative.

Macdonald Student-run Ecological Gardens

On a a half-acre plot at the Mac Horticultural Research Centre, what began as a handful of garden plots in 2009 is now a small-scale farm, run entirely by students. Operating from the beginning of May to the end of October, the Macdonald Student-run Ecological Gardens give students the opportunity to grow produce using sustainable, organic practices.

Today, it feeds hundreds of members of the McGill, Sainte-Anne and Montreal communities through its 75 weekly community-supported agriculture basket subscriptions and weekly market stalls in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Marché Laurier.

Valacta and Lactanet

McGill University's Department of Animal Science and the Macdonald Farm have made significant contributions to Canada's flourishing $2.7 billion dairy industry, which produces over 3.3 billion litres of milk annually. With Quebec accounting for 37% of this production, the research program, originally initiated by McGill Professor John Moxley (1922–2014), has turned into an influential entity known as Valacta. Today, Valacta offers comprehensive advice on various aspects of dairy production, including milk component analysis, quota projection, nutritional advice, dry-cow transition, and animal comfort and welfare, both in Canada and globally.

The impact of McGill's research extends further through Lactanet, a collaborative initiative between CanWest DHI, the Canadian Dairy Network, and Valacta, situated on Macdonald Campus. This partnership unites leading dairy herd improvement organizations responsible for milk recording, genetic evaluations, and knowledge transfer in Canada. Lactanet equips Canadian dairy farmers with the necessary tools for success and prepares them to face future industry challenges, ensuring Canada's continued global leadership in dairy production. In essence, McGill's contribution to Valacta and Lactanet has been pivotal in shaping the landscape of the Canadian dairy industry.

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