Blog Category: Quebec

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

INTERNSHIP: The BeetBox Market Garden, Buckingham, QC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 23, 2015

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Position: Organic Farm Intern Type: full-time internship with accom., monthly stipend, more (see below) Organization: The BeetBox Market Garden http://thebeetbox.ca Location: Buckingham, Quebec About the Farm: Located 3 minutes from Buckingham, QC, The BeetBox (La Boîte à Bettes) is a burgeoning certified organic, small-scale, intensive market garden only 40km from Ottawa/Gatineau. In this second year since launching, we are expanding and hiring two farm interns. Both interns will be working alongside David Mazur-Goulet, The BeetBox’s owner and farmer. One intern will have room and board provided for while the other intern will commute to the farm by their own means. Interns’ monthly stipend will vary accordingly, … Continue reading INTERNSHIP: The BeetBox Market Garden, Buckingham, QC

Decompte final pour l’evenement des jeunes cultivateurs de la region d’Ottawa-Outaouais

Posted by Julie Baribeau on February 20, 2015

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Crédit: Alex Chabot, Photo prise aux Jardins de la Grelinette M’sieurs-dames, Voici les détails finaux pour l’évènement des Young Agrarians (jeunes cultivateurs) jeudi prochain, le 26 février au deuxième étage de la Coop West End Well (969 rue Wellington Ouest, Ottawa). Si vous pourriez SVP confirmer votre présence au plus tard lundi le 23 février cela nous aidera à confirmer les nombres! Si vous inscrivez sur fb que vous allez y être, nous allons considérer ça comme un RSVP. C’est important pour que nous sachions si nous avons assez de place! Voici un aperçu de ce que nous avons spécialement planifié … Continue reading Decompte final pour l’evenement des jeunes cultivateurs de la region d’Ottawa-Outaouais

O-Town Young Agrarians Get Together!

Posted by Julie Baribeau on January 22, 2015

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Photo of David, one of the O-Town young agrarians.  His farm: The BeetBox. A bunch of us agriculture aficionados from both sides of the river have been hanging out since the Young Agrarians Eastern Ontario Mixer. Maintenant, on aimerait que d’autres se joignent à nous donc on a décidé de lancer un évènement public au West End Well. It will take place on Feb 26 at 6PM at 969 Wellington West in Ottawa. You can find the event here on Facebook. Le WEW est une co-opérative de solidarité qui englobe un resto, une épicerie pleine de bouffe bio et locale, et une place … Continue reading O-Town Young Agrarians Get Together!

Cornwall, ON: Eco Farm Day Feb 28, 2015

Posted by Sara Dent on January 14, 2015

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Healthy Land, Healthy People, Healthy Profits: Eco Farm Day 2015 Calling all current and future farmers in eastern Ontario and west Quebec! Eco-Farm Day 2015 is set to go on Saturday, February 28th, 8:30-4:30pm at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall, ON. Join us for a winter day full of food, friendship, and inspiration; a highlight of the season for organic (and organic-curious) famers and gardeners in the region! The day is organized by volunteers of the Ottawa-St Lawrence-Outouais chapter of Canadian Organic Growers (COG). The focus is on practical techniques and management skills that work in our area. This year’s … Continue reading Cornwall, ON: Eco Farm Day Feb 28, 2015

Olivier Labrie: Quinoa For Change Farm Season Update

Posted by Jennifer Cline on December 17, 2014

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The season is complete, it has been for some time here on the Island of Montréal. It is the end of a season’s story, but I realize it is just the beginning of something greater! Right now the soil is dormant, giving it a chance to rest and to rejuvenate. Soil micro-flora and -fauna activities slow into their cyclical stupor. This downtime is just as valuable to any farmer, as the body’s aches find time to heal (I know mine are!), and reflections regarding the season are processed in a meticulous and caring manner. The time for preparation was limited … Continue reading Olivier Labrie: Quinoa For Change Farm Season Update

August 18th – REGISTER NOW for ACORN’S 3rd Beginner Farmer Symposium + Mixer

Posted by Lucia Stephen on August 05, 2014

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le francais suit…. SAVE THE DATE & SPREAD THE WORD!  The Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) is excited to announce that registration is now open for our 3rd Beginner Farmer Symposium & Mixer, taking place Monday, August 18th, 2014, at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick–a fundraiser event supporting the future and success of local organic agriculture!  Building on the great success of our previous Symposiums, drawing hundreds of farmers from throughout Eastern Canada, we are thrilled to once again showcase another busy day of workshops, panel discussions and prime networking opportunities for new, aspiring and experienced growers across the region.  This year, … Continue reading August 18th – REGISTER NOW for ACORN’S 3rd Beginner Farmer Symposium + Mixer

Quinoa For Change – Montreal, Quebec

Posted by Sara Dent on May 08, 2014

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Hello all! My name is Olivier Labrie, I am a prairie boy from Manitoba, and have been living in Montréal for the past 3 years where I have discovered the wonderful world of peri-urban farming here on the island. As a two time graduate in Botany and in Ecological Agriculture, the people I met and the courses I took shaped me into who I am today, an avid believer in socio-economic development through local food production. I have been involved in the urban and peri-urban agriculture movement in Montréal through volunteering at collective gardens in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) community, as well … Continue reading Quinoa For Change – Montreal, Quebec

The CAPE: co-operating for local and ecological agriculture in Quebec

Posted by Virginie Lavallée-Picard on May 07, 2014

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It was like summer camp for farmers, except it felt like winter and the food was better. The big barn-style building was jam-packed with about a hundred farmers, most of them in their early thirties or younger, absorbed in an in-depth workshop on greenhouse production of tomatoes and cucumbers. The previous day, an afternoon tour of a local farm had led to a massive potluck dinner and a late night brainstorming session on preferred vegetable varieties. This was my first CAPÉ annual fall meeting, and I can assure you it will not be the last. In French, CAPÉ stands for … Continue reading The CAPE: co-operating for local and ecological agriculture in Quebec