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

 

 

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens

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Kate Aley

You are invited to an extraordinarily moving exhibition of new work by renowned Luskville painter, Ruby Ewen.

Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

Cooking meets trucking at new restaurant

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Kate Aley

After two years of extensive renovations, Au Coin du Camionneur, also known as Trucker's Corner, opened in Luskville on Sunday June 17. 

Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

Building a new future for Pontiac with slaughterhouse project

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Kate Aley

After five years of planning, construction has now started on the Les Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac. Set on five acres on the outskirts of Shawville, the slaughterhouse is the brainchild of Quyon entrepreneur Alain Lauzon and three partners, Sofian Elktrousie, Ibrama Diagne and promoter Gilles Langlois.

“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Turtle S.O.S.: Save Our Shells!

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Trouble in paradise.

It's June and that means those crazy turtles are once again roaming dirt side roads and busy highways alike; intent on finding mates, water and good nesting places as they have always done, paying no mind to the deadly wheels zooming past. I stop for a lot of turtles at this time of the year and so far we have all lived to fight another day. However I have never seen a turtle stuck in the bone-dry and baking-hot rink at the Luskville Community Centre before. Bad turtle terrain for sure.

Open letter to the Municipality of Pontiac recognizing the work of our municipal firefighters

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Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.

Kickin' it: Pontiac youth get into soccer

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Kate Aley

Some might say that young people are glued to their screens all day and all night. But that's harder to say when so many bright young people are running, kicking, playing and laughing in Luskville every Monday evening.
Community soccer classes started up on Tuesday, May 1st at the Luskville Recreational Park. The two- to four year-olds play in the softball field. The older group, aged five and up, play on the soccer field to the north.

How do rural communities comply with Quebec's Organic Strategy?

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Kevin Brady

Current Situation:

The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and an eventual a 'ban' of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020. Municipalities that comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs. As with the Municipality of Pontiac, many municipalities have chosen to pass resolutions to initiate door-to-door collection, with costs paid for by the residents.

Get ready, get set, get out: disaster preparedness in a bag

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Kate Aley

Remember this?

As the Pontiac watches epic levels of flooding in both New Brunswick and B.C. and considers our own possible return to inundation, it's time to let paranoia rear its helpful head and get ready to get out of the house. The concept behind having a so-called Go Bag is to have ready everything you might need to survive, out-of-doors, for about 72 hours... until help arrives or the zombies get you.

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