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Last week, Ontario's Ministry of Agriculture introduced a Local Food Act, establishing "a target to aspire to in respect of local food." Quebec should take note. According to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, if Ontario households were to take just $10 of their normal food spending, and use it to buy Ontario-grown rather than imported products, it could spark $2.4...
On Sunday, September 9, three of the organic farms in our community supported agriculture (CSA) network are participating in a Quebec farm open house organized by the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA). This is a great way to learn more about the people who grow your food! Participating farms:
The dedicated members of your Quebec City action group have announced a new date for a bike ride tour to La Coulée Douce in Saint-Antoine de Tilly, which was cancelled due to rain earlier in the summer. This organic CSA farm is one of the farms in our family farmer network. Participants will be able to tour the farm and give the farmer a hand in the fields. And don't forget to...
Family farmer Jean-Martin Fortier, whose Eastern Townships microfarm, Les jardins de la Grelinette à St-Armand, owned with partner Maude-Hélène, has been hailed, at home and abroad, as a model of its form, has written a guide, based on his decade of experience, for aspiring organic farmers, both amateur and professional alike. The book, Le jardinier-maraîcher, Manuel d'...
On the evening of July 4, Au Potager du paysan, a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in St-Rémi on the South Shore of Montreal, suffered extensive damage as the result of a mini tornado. Fifty to sixty percent of its crops were destroyed. But farmers Jean-Philippe and Marielle have found a way to save the season, with a lot of a hard work and one magic ingredient: a...
Last year we published the results of a survey by Leger Marketing that showed that Canadian consumers do most of their grocery shopping at one or two places of purchase. The most frequented place of purchase? The supermarket. The same survey showed that although many of us favour buying local, we aren't willing to spend much more time searching for local products. That's...
Actualité - 13 June 2012 - Tag : Family farmers network, Farmer's basket, Organic baskets
Montreal, June 12, 2012 - Metro and Equiterre are pleased to be associated with the community supported agriculture (CSA) project, for the carrying out of a pilot project that will take place during the summer of 2012. From June to November, three Metro stores, namely the ones in Granby, Joliette and Trois-Rivières (on boulevard des Forges) will serve as drop-off points for...
Chloé Dodinot says that when her company, Ubisoft, first heard that it could host a drop-off point for a family farmer, it conducted a survey to measure the level of interest amongst employees. "We were pleasantly surprised by the positive response. In just two days, more than 100 people told us, 'Yes, we want to do it. Sign us up!' So we said, 'Let's do this.'"
Thank you to the seven volunteers in our Quebec City action group who distributed more than 1000 flyers by bike last weekend, reminding residents that there is still time to order a summer basket of locally grown vegetables from one of the family farmers in our community supported agriculture (CSA) network. Mathieu, Maxime, Michel, Lucie, Christian, Nicolas and Alizée took...
You're invited to the vernisssage of "Virée agricole," a photo exhibit by Léonie Rouette Tétrault, as it begins its tour of Quebec. The exhibit – which stars one of the family farms in our community supported agriculture (CSA) network, Les Bontés de la Vallée – gives a rare insider view of what it's really like to work on a small organic farm in Quebec....