My name is Marilou Bourdages and I am thrilled to join Fresh Roots’ team as the new Community Coordinator! I have been passionate about urban agriculture and food for many years. Being able to work at engaging the community in the Schoolyard Market Gardens is a dream come true!
Let me tell you a bit about me. My education background is in environmental sciences, biodiversity and conservation more specifically. No matter what I’ve done, my professional life path always brings me back to environmental education. Before joining Fresh Roots, I was the Community Education Coordinator at the UBC Botanical Garden and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum for three years. Before that, I led youth through gardening lessons at the Montreal Botanical Garden. My curiosity about organic gardening has grown through various experiences: as farm staff on an organic farm, as an intern for an NGO organizing CSAs in Québec and as an urban gardening intern in Cuba.
I am looking forward to developing the Schoolyard Market Gardens as outdoor classrooms for both the schools and the neighbourhood community. I am also excited about creating meaningful volunteer opportunities and participating in growing the Fresh Roots community.
When not working, you will find me sowing arugula in my community garden plot, baking bread at home or running along the trails on the north shore.
Feel free to contact me if you have great suggestions to share!
I am looking forward to meeting all of you.