Techno-Farm Program

The project

The Techno-Farm program is an initiative involving several large garden plots, a number of experimental agricultural installations and a school-wide composting program. At the heart of the Techno-Farm program are a series of ongoing student-led scientific experiments and engineering projects designed to highlight the potential and applicability of numerous elements of the high school curriculum.

Villa Maria’s Techno-Farm received funding from the NovaScience program (Component 2: Project support) for its 2018–2019 activites. We will be hosting visits, workshops and long-term projects for other schools. The NovaScience program is an initiative of the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation, providing support to organizations that promote greater understanding of science and technology.

The Villa Maria Techno-Farm Project: a winning project!

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Supplement the science and technology curriculum


Offer experiential learning opportunities


Reach more students with an expanded activity offering


Present the concepts of eco-citizenship and sustainable development


Expose our students and those from other schools in the community to the use of small-scale farming technology


Introduce the scientific principles underlying agriculture and composting
Villa Maria will soon be offering Techno-Farm class visits. Other schools will also soon be able to take part!

Project Evolution

  • Summer 2018

    Composting Activity

    Urban Agriculture Activity

    Basin Pepper Project

    To make the most of our vast and varied grounds, a number of Eco-Lab projects investigating the suitability of different locations for various types of crops are currently being carried out. One of these locations is the concrete basin in front of the school. During the summer of 2018, 20 planters with different varieties of peppers were set up in the basin. The basin provided an environment high in reflected heat and light which, according to student research, would be especially beneficial to pepper plants. This hypothesis proved to be correct; the pepper plants thrived in the basin’s environment and produced many healthy specimens. Next year, the plan is to fill the basin completely with pepper planters.

  • September 2018

    Microgreen Project

    Planting microgreens in a controlled environment is one of the Eco-Lab projects undertaken by Villa Maria students this year. Microgreens are green vegetables harvested after sprouting as shoots (usually within 5-10 days). As part of the experiment, students controlled the amount of light to which the microgreens were exposed. The accompanying photos show a sample that was kept in complete darkness for 3 days and then exposed to ambient light for 3 hours. Placing microgreens in complete darkness during the first phase of their growth is essential as it not only promotes shoot morphology but provides other benefits as well.

    The goal of these experiments is to create a reliable procedure allowing students to grow their own microgreens in the classrooms within the shortest possible period of time. Given their high nutritional value, microgreens are a very healthy addition to sandwiches or salads.

  • October 2018

  • November 2018

  • December 2018

  • January 2019

    Food compost made from fruit and vegetable waste and coffee grounds is collected from containers placed in locations around the school and added to our vermicompost bins. These bins contain worms that specialize in composting food. In order to collect the worm castings, students empty out the contents of the vermicompost bins and separate the worms from the soil. The worms are then returned to their bins to continue composting, and the soil is eventually used in the school garden and for growing seedlings.

  • February 2019

  • March 2019

  • April 2019

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Visit the school during an open house

Come visit Villa Maria and discover the rich and diversified services we offer our students. You will have the opportunity to visit our classrooms, interactive classroom, science labs, multimedia centre, library, sports facilities and performance halls.

French Sector :

Saturday, September 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

English Sector :

Saturday, September 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Take part in our entrance exams

Your child will be given the following tests: mathematics, composition in English and French, as well as an English or French reading comprenhension test, depending on the sector she/he registered for.

French Sector :

Saturday, September 28, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. (Secondary 1 to 5)

Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. (Secondary 1 only)

English Sector :

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. (Secondary 1 to 5)

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. (Secondary 1 only)


Complete your registration

After being accepted to Villa Maria College, you must send us your registration form and pay the admission fees. Please send us the form and payment according to the instructions outlined in your child’s letter of admission to the school.


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