Laureate for John Abbott College Students! | Des étudiantes du Cégep John Abbott lauréates au Gala Forces AVENIR!

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We are thrilled to share that The Sprout House, made up of Yutong (Jia) Hu, Julia Morzycki, and Sofia McVetty brought home the trophy in the Environment category at Wednesday’s Forces AVENIR gala.Forces AVENIR is an organization that recognizes student involvement in projects that contribute to the development of engaged, responsible, and persevering young citizens who are rooted in their community and open to the world, (forcesavenir.qc.ca).

Of the forty-eight CEGEPs in the province-wide network, sixteen were present among the finalists at the awards gala, hosted by popular Montreal journalist and TV show host Monsieur Stéphane Bureau.

Winners received a trophy for the team as well as a scholarship.

The Sprout House is an indoor vegetable growing space located in the Anne-Marie Edward science building of John Abbott College. It is composed of two parts: microgreen shelves and hydroponic towers. Microgreens are essentially seedlings that are just past their sprouting phase. Many vegetables and herbs can be harvested in their microgreen state, but team favourites are broccoli, alfalfa, beans, lentils, basil. These little plants are about fifty times more nutritious than in their mature state under the same weight, so they provide many more nutrients and health benefits to the consumer. The Sprout House was created with the intention of helping the John Abbott food bank, named The JAC Pantry.

The Sprout House harvest provides fresh produce to students facing food insecurity, educating people about indoor hydroponic gardening and sustainable living, creating a calming green space on campus, all while furthering John Abbott’s contributions to the United Nation’s Sustainable Developmental Goals.


Nous sommes ravis de vous annoncer que le collectif Sprout House, composé de Yutong (Jia) Hu, Julia Morzycki et Sofia McVetty, a remporté mercredi le trophée dans la catégorie Environnement du gala Forces AVENIR.

Forces AVENIR est une organisation qui reconnaît l’engagement étudiant dans des projets qui contribuent au développement de jeunes citoyens engagés, responsables et persévérants, enracinés dans leur collectivité et ouverts sur le monde (forcesavenir.qc.ca).

Des quarante-huit cégeps du réseau provincial, seize étaient présents parmi les finalistes lors du gala de remise des prix, animé par le populaire journaliste et animateur de télévision montréalais Monsieur Stéphane Bureau.

Les gagnants ont reçu un trophée pour l’équipe ainsi qu’une bourse d’études.

La Sprout House est un espace de culture maraîchère intérieure situé dans le pavillon des sciences Anne-Marie Edward du Cégep. Elle est composée de deux parties : des étagères à micropousses et des tours hydroponiques. Les micropousses sont essentiellement des semences qui viennent de terminer leur phase de germination. De nombreux légumes et herbes peuvent être récoltés à cette étape, mais les préférés de l’équipe sont le brocoli, la luzerne, les haricots, les lentilles et le basilic. Ces petites plantes sont environ cinquante fois plus nutritives qu’à l’état adulte pour un même poids, elles apportent donc beaucoup plus de nutriments et de bienfaits pour la santé au consommateur. La Sprout House a été créée dans le but d’aider la banque alimentaire John Abbott, connue sous le nom de The JAC Pantry.

La récolte permet de fournir des produits frais aux étudiants confrontés à l’insécurité alimentaire, de sensibiliser les gens au jardinage hydroponique intérieur et au mode de vie durable, de créer un espace vert apaisant sur le campus, tout en contribuant à la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable des Nations unies.

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