Classy farmer grows permaculture crops

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Kate Aley

There is fresh and there is local... and then there is something that elevates the concept one step beyond. Audrey Lapointe (above) is all of these things and more. The young entrepreneur, based in Gatineau, is growing seasonal crops including garlic, potatoes, herbs and a variety of vegetables from her half-acre plot based at Élevage Fabie in Quyon.

This is Lapointe's first year in business and her attitude to gardening matches her determination.

"Michel (Allen, owner of Élevage Fabie) said he had been dreaming about a garden, so...!" recalled Lapointe. "He turned the land for me with the horses."

"They needed the work," added Allen with a smile. The breeder currently has 45 legendary Canadian horses on the property.

Lapointe firmly believes in the concept of the sol vivant, the living earth. "The garden is organic, no-till permaculture," she said. "I am building life in the soil; that's the dream."

According to www.kulafarm.ca, permaculture (also known as permanent agriculture) is "a philosophy and practice which uses conscious design principles to build regenerative agro-ecosystems [...] intended to mimic the diversity, stability and resilience of the local natural landscape ecology and be resource-building rather than resource-depleting. Permaculture emphasizes the harmonious integration of landscape and people, providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way."

"It's a new movement, although it's kind of back-to-basics,' said Lapointe. "I am building the soil health and will add a cover later this year to keep the soil warm and the bugs [micro-organisms] happy. When the bugs are happy, the gardener is happy!"

For now, Lapointe is working the garden and the stall single-handedly. "I need to learn the business,' she acknowledges. She is growing a variety of produce, from basil to garlic to eggplant to squash. An heirloom tomato variety known as the The Beauce is keeping her busy right now: the fruit can weigh up to one kilogram.

"Some people run 10 kilometers a day after work," Lapointe remarked. "For me, at the end of the day, I've had my exercise."

The Jardin de Fabie is currently open to the public from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Fridays and from 9:30 am to 2 pm, maybe later, on Saturdays.

Look for the sign! And if you can't find Lapointe, look in the garden.

Audrey Lapointe

Jardin de Fabie 

3999 Route 148, Quyon (Beechgrove)

819 209 2243

 

 

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Pontiac Community Players put on fundraising play

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Kate Aley

A hilarious one-hour play called Maid to Order was presented in Shawville April 13 and 14 by local theatre troupe, the Pontiac Community Players (PCP). Sold-out on both evenings, the profits will go towards the Pontiac High School restoration project to update lighting, sound and add a 20-foot electronic screen to be used for both school and community movie screenings. Further improvements to seating and ventilation are planned.

Above, hapless police officers Craig Young (left) and Neil MacIntosh (right) ask the slightly-shady Charles Cambin (Richard Armitage) to explain himself.

Another community hub lost: Depanneur Poirier closes down

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Kate Aley

Depanneur Poirier, at the intersection of the highway and Ch. des Pères-Dominicains, has closed. The last day of business was Thursday 22 but the owners, Janet and Jack Deschenes have been emptying shelves for weeks.

Bunny fun: Luskville playgroup celebrates Easter

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Kate Aley

Spring is here we're told, but it's still so gray and cold outside. Where can you take your under 5's when you have exhausted all the DVD options? To the free playgroup in Luskville, of course.

Above from left, Comité 0-5 animator Lisa Corrigan with personal friend Helga the rabbit and an ardent admirer at the Luskville playgroup's Easter event.

Walk right in: renovations to Family Centre ensure better, safer service

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Kate Aley

Better than a new welcome mat, a shining floor now greets visitors to the Maison de la Famille in Quyon, thanks to funding from the Ministère de la Famille. A new epoxy surface was poured last week, creating a seamless floor running though out the reception area, the Clothing Counter, kitchen and laundry.

André Fortin nominated as Liberal candidate for Pontiac

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Kate Aley

The auditorium of Onslow Elementary School was filled with supporters of MNA for Pontiac André​ Fortin on Saturday March 10. The gathering marked the re-nomination of Fortin to represent the Liberal party in the upcoming provincial elections. Community members, councilors for the Municipality of Pontiac and MRC Pontiac mayors and wardens, both past and present, were in attendance.

Community coffee: church offers warm drinks and warm reception

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Kate Aley

It is indisputably still cold outside, baby.  Éric Hébert-Daly, the new student minister at Quyon United Church, has a new idea to warm all of us up. 

On Monday 12, and on every Monday from now, Hébert-Daly will be opening the doors of the church at 1088 Clarendon Street in Quyon (next to the Post Office) between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to offer warm drinks at no charge.

Riding in style: massive upgrade to Pontiac bus route

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Kate Aley

It's smooth and it's quiet with internet access, a 36" flat screen TV and reclining seats and it leaves Allumette Island at 10 minutes to 5 am every day. This is the new coach that runs Route 148 and you can be on it. This week, riders taking the Campeau Bus Line to the city were treated to a brand-new luxury coach, a demonstration vehicle in service before the permanent vehicle becomes available in about a weeks time.

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