Saint-Eustache green-thumbs get a helping “thumb” from the city

The Mayor of the City of Saint-Eustache, Mr. Pierre Charron, and the President of the Commission de Environment and Beautification, Mrs. Isabelle Lefebvre, announced that the annual Environment and Beautification Day will take place on Saturday, May 7, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., in the parking lot of the Patriotes secondary school (99, rue Grignon). As the activity will be held under the theme “A helping hand for your vegetable garden”, participants will be given a box of plants that will enhance any vegetable garden or balcony planter.

“Drive-through” formula by appointment

Once more this year, residents must register in order to reserve a box of plants (limited quantities) and make an appointment to pick it up, by making sure to keep their electronic ticket (QR code) on a mobile device, or to bring a printed copy when picking up their plants. Only people with a ticket will receive a box of plants, one container per civic address. The city asks for the cooperation of citizens to respect the meeting time set during registration, in order to promote the fluidity of traffic and to avoid queues on the site.

“At a time when the price of food is increasing at an alarming rate, this free offer of four plants: cherry tomatoes, peppers, basil and lettuce, aims to encourage the residents of Saint-Eustache to grow their own vegetables and eat fresh, at a fraction of the cost. We hope this little nudge will get them off to a great start to the gardening season and enjoy tasty salads all summer long,” said the mayor at the time of the announcement.

A helping hand for monarchs

The city will also give a milkweed plants to everyone who registers for the activity. This flowering plant is essential to the life of monarch butterflies since it feeds their caterpillars. “As a city certified “friend of monarchs” by the David Suzuki Foundation, it is natural for us to contribute to the survival of this species of butterfly in danger of extinction, by encouraging the population to plant milkweed in their flower beds,” concluded Isabelle Lefebvre, municipal councillor and chair of the Environment and Beautification Commission.