By Hélène Montpetit

Every Monday from January 23rd to March 13th, NDG residents can warm up, cheer up and pick up new skills by popping into Coopérative de solidarité Transition NDG’s (“TNDG”) new Pop-Up Coop. The transitory café will be held at Café Zephyr, 5791 Sherbrooke West, owned and operated by NDG residents. The venue serves mostly organic, local food and although Chef Anne is off on Mondays, she has agreed to make her hearty soup available to patrons.

Building Community and Resilience

Active in the neighbourhood since 2012, TNDG is well-known for growing free food through its Incredible Edibles initiative that builds and maintains raised-bed gardens on a few of the area’s main thoroughfares during Montreal’s growing season. Also popular are the group’s film and discussion evenings, held once a month from October through June at Coop la maison verte.

A group of NDG residents take part in a terrarium workshop at Café Zephyr.

Hoping to fire-up imaginations and inspire motivation for change this winter, TNDG is using these Pop-Ups to step up its activities. Among the many planned events:

  • evening potluck discussions with Transition researchers and practitioners;
  • learning about food systems, the urban-rural connection, permaculture;
  • workshops for making sourdough bread, kimchi, and sauerkraut; and
  • learning about and practising disaster preparedness to foster community resilience.

 Membership Drive

The Pop-Ups also will spearhead TNDG’s membership drive, as the group is eager to expand its activities and welcome newcomers into the fold. The group is a not-for-profit Cooperative and all monies collected go towards maintaining ongoing projects and funding new initiatives. A percentage is also earmarked for the eventual purchase of space the Cooperative wants to share with the community that has been very welcoming to this Coop Without Walls.

For more information on the Pop-Ups, please visit the Transition NDG Facebook page.

To find out more about the Cooperative de solidarité Transition NDG, visit their website.