Blog Category: Quebec

The College Farmer: An Interview with Marisa Lenetsky

Posted by Monica Allaby on February 04, 2017 1 Comment

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This is part of The College Farmer, a series of interviews with student farmers from across Canada. Marisa Lenetsky is a farm worker from Brooklyn, New York, and a recent graduate from the Sustainability, Science, and Society program at McGill University. During her time at McGill, Marisa worked at the Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Garden (MSEG), a diversified vegetable farm on MacDonald Campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. Run entirely by student apprentices and managers, the Garden is an intense farmer incubator program. Each student commits to two seasons at the farm: the first as an apprentice and the second as a manager, responsible for training new apprentices. Young Agrarians … Continue reading The College Farmer: An Interview with Marisa Lenetsky

The College Farmer: An Interview with Erlend Bjorklund

Posted by Monica Allaby on January 21, 2017

Student Farmer Erlend Bjørklund smiling at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Farmers' Market.

This is the first in a series of interviews with student farmers from across Canada.  Erlend Bjørklund graduated from McGill University in December 2016 with Honours in International Development Studies. During his time at McGill, he worked at the Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Garden (MSEG), a diversified vegetable farm located on McGill University’s Macdonald Campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. Run entirely by student apprentices and managers, the Garden offers a one-of-a-kind experience in sustainable agriculture and farm management, serving as an intense farmer incubator. Each student commits to two seasons at the farm: the first as an apprentice and the second as a manager, responsible for … Continue reading The College Farmer: An Interview with Erlend Bjorklund

Dec 7: Celebrating Canada’s Seed Innovators Webinar

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 01, 2016

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photo by greenkeepers.ca This is the 4th and final webinar of the 2016 season hosted by the BAUTA Initiative – time to celebrate! Please join us to hear from seed leaders in three regions of Canada. They’ll talk about their diverse and forward thinking seed initiatives that are advancing ecological seed and regional seed systems across the country. We’ll hear from Sarah Hargreaves (Ecological Farming Association of Ontario) on “farmer-led research”; Teprine Baldo & Stephen McComber (organizers of Strawberry Moon and Crow Moon Festivals, and owners of Fire Council Farms) on “seed for the community”; and Mel Sylvestre (BC Seed … Continue reading Dec 7: Celebrating Canada’s Seed Innovators Webinar

JOB: FT Organic Farm Vegetable Production Assistant, Our Little Farm, QC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 25, 2016

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Employer: Our Little Farm / www.ourlittlefarm.ca Location: Lochaber-Partie-Ouest (Outaouais), Quebec (about 40 min. from Ottawa) Job Description: Ever thought about being a farmer? Here’s a job that will help you gain valuable experience on a farm. Under the supervision of the farmer and the production manager, you will help us produce over 35 different types of organic vegetables and participate in many aspects of running a farm, such as: Harvest: picking, washing and packing vegetables for our CSA boxes. Greenhouse: preparation of seeding mix, seeding and potting up. Field: transplanting, weeding, pruning, irrigation and pest control. Machinery Operation: Tractor and … Continue reading JOB: FT Organic Farm Vegetable Production Assistant, Our Little Farm, QC

Job Offers: Internships at Santropol Roulant, Quebec

Posted by Monica Allaby on February 06, 2016

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Santropol Roulant is a community food hub located in Montreal that brings people together through various programs, activities and services. As part of its agriculture program, Santropol Roulant is offering two 6-month positions: an internship in peri-urban farming and an apprenticeship in urban agriculture. Internship in Peri-Urban Farming  Spend 6 months on Santropol Roulant’s farm in Senneville, deepening your knowledge of organic farming and growing organic food for Santropol Roulant’s food security programs. This position is specifically targeted towards applicants with 1 year of previous experienceon a rural or peri-urban farm. Key responsibilities: Under the guidance of the farm co-managers, the … Continue reading Job Offers: Internships at Santropol Roulant, Quebec

Growing Young Farmers at the MacDonald Student Gardens

Posted by Monica Allaby on November 25, 2015 1 Comment

We begin the day sleepy-eyed, yawning, and low-energy, having just rolled out of bed and biked to the fields. Throughout the day spent in the open air, we gain energy and strength, doing work that requires using our muscles and minds equally. We finish around 5:30 PM feeling exhausted and accomplished, arriving home with dirty hands and knees, with soil in our hair and ears and deep in the corners of our eyes. - Matthew McCormick

We begin the day sleepy-eyed, yawning, and low-energy, having just rolled out of bed and biked to the fields. Throughout the day spent in the open air, we gain strength and energy, doing work that requires using our muscles and minds equally. We finish around 5:30 PM feeling exhausted and accomplished, arriving home with dirty hands and knees, with soil in our hair and ears and deep in the corners of our eyes. – Matthew McCormick, student farmer at the MacDonald Student-Run Ecological Gardens It was nearing eleven and the late September sun was beating down on the rolling cornfields surrounding … Continue reading Growing Young Farmers at the MacDonald Student Gardens

Summer 2016 Garden Internship, McGill, Quebec

Posted by Monica Allaby on November 03, 2015

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Looking for an internship in agriculture? If you are a McGill student interested in farming and would like to gain hands-on managerial and entrepreneurial experience, this could be a great opportunity for you! The MacDonald Student-run Ecological Gardens (MSEG), located on McGill University’s MacDonald campus in Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue, is a project initiated and run by students, with the cooperation of McGill professors and staff, local organic crop producers, and student volunteers. The project aims to create a structure for self-sustaining, student-run agriculture, while bridging the gaps between academia, our local community and shared environment. To apply for this farm internship, please … Continue reading Summer 2016 Garden Internship, McGill, Quebec

Nourishing a Community: Urban Agriculture at Santropol Roulant

Posted by Monica Allaby on September 09, 2015 1 Comment

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It’s late August and the rooftop vegetable gardens at Santropol Roulant, a vibrant non-profit organization located in Plateau Mont-Royal, are in full bloom. A hidden gem in one of Montreal’s most populous and dense neighbourhoods, the rooftop gardens are an urban oasis enjoyed by the Roulant’s staff, volunteers, and members of the community throughout the summer months. A surprising and delightful contrast amongst a palate of concrete and brick, Santropol Roulant’s gardens are brimming with life. Carlo Primiani, Urban Agriculture Co-Manager at Santropol Roulant, explains that the Roulant’s urban agriculture program is designed to not only support local and organic … Continue reading Nourishing a Community: Urban Agriculture at Santropol Roulant

Farmer Profile: Pierre-Olivier Brassard of Union Paysanne, QC

Posted by Ayla Fenton on May 28, 2015 2 Comments

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Pierre-Olivier Brassard, organic certified family farmer located in the province of Québec, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. Cultivating on a one hectare CSA farm, feeding 150 families throughout 15 weeks with 45 vegetables varieties in average each season within a bio-intensive model. Member of the Union Paysanne’s international committee and coordination committee. I started my agricultural career when I was 13 years old on a conventional potato farm with my uncle and cousin. Afterwards I aligned my academic formation toward farm management and then carried on to horticultural production. One day during a soil conservation class a teacher asked me a question that changed my life : « Mr. Brassard, you are … Continue reading Farmer Profile: Pierre-Olivier Brassard of Union Paysanne, QC

MAR 27 Young Agrarians & NFU Youth BARN MIXER – Wakefield, Quebec

Posted by Sara Dent on March 27, 2015

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Version français a suivre:) Join Young Agrarians and National Farmers Union of Canada Youth in Wakefield, QC for an evening of networking, food and fun! GET INSPIRED by hearing about the work of young farmer coalitions in Canada and south of the border. Please join this event on Facebook and help us get the word out by inviting your people! Sophie Ackoff, Field Director for the National Young Farmers Coalition, will be speaking to to us about their  grassroots campaign to mobilize and empower young farmers across the United States, and how they have managed to successfully impact American agricultural … Continue reading MAR 27 Young Agrarians & NFU Youth BARN MIXER – Wakefield, Quebec