Green thumbs up in Quyon



Kate Aley

A new couple is digging deep to grow food for the people of the Pontiac. Welcome Maxime L'Heureux and Sandrine Lariviere (above), proud co-owners of the Chêne Blanc market garden.

Look for this sign!

Lariviere is originally from Quyon. She met L'Heureux while studying horticulture in Montreal. The couple purchased a house on Clarendon Street and awaiting their first child within a few weeks. The farm is a 9000 square foot plot at Domaine Pontiac Village on Cemetery Road in Quyon. Right now, Chê​ne Blanc sells seasonal produce like radishes, lettuce, kale and beets. Longer-season crops such as tomatoes, melons and squash are on their way.

Yum. From left: carrots, kale, lettuce and zucchini.

"It's our first year and we are using organic methods while working towards certification," said Lariviere. "Maxime is interested in forest food and we hope to expand into products like tomato sauce with wild mushrooms."

Sweet baby turnips.

Promoting fresh local produce is a goal for the couple. "We can all grow what we need to be self-sufficient in the summer," said Lariviere. "People need to learn about what grows here and how fresh food can taste. [Customers] comment that our lettuce stays crunchy for a week; that is because it did not travel for days in a truck; it's because it was grown here."

Unusual delicious pickled radishes.

"We are starting small but plan to grow," said Lariviere. Restaurants and caterers wanting fresh, locally grown produce should contact Chê​ne Blanc to arrange a partnership.

Chê​​ne Blanc is at the Bristol Farmers market every Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm until mid-October.

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

Online Survey: Benefiting from Nature in the Pontiac


Do you spend time outside enjoying nature?  If so, McGill University PhD student Dalal Hanna would love to hear from you in an anonymous online survey.  She is conducting a research project on the diverse ways people living in the regions of Bristol and Pontiac benefit from nature, and how they would ideally like to benefit from nature in the future. Dalal does this research because it generates information that can help society come up with improved ways to manage the diverse benefits we get from nature. The project seeks to improve knowledge and is purely academic.

The summarized and anonymous findings of the project will also be shared with your community in December 2018 at a gathering, and made available publicly online and to local land use planners.  

Sondage: profiter de la nature dans le Pontiac


Est-ce que vous passez du temps à apprécier la nature ? Si oui, une étudiante au doctorat à l’Université McGill, Dalal Hanna, a un sondage web anonyme à vous proposer. Elle fait présentement de la recherche sur les diverses façons dont les gens des régions de Bristol et de Pontiac profitent de la nature, et comment ils aimeraient idéalement profiter de la nature dans le futur. Dalal fait cette recherche parce que ça génère de l’information qui peut aider la société à développer des meilleures façons de gérer l’environnent. Son projet cherche à améliorer les connaissances, et est purement académique.

Un sommaire anonyme des résultats sera partagé dans votre communauté en Décembre 2018, ainsi que disponible en ligne.

Si ce projet vous intéresse, s’il vous plait visitez le sondage en ligne ici :

Le sondage prend environ 30 minutes à compléter.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à contacter Dalal Hanna par courriel ( Vous pouvez aussi contacter son superviseur de doctorat, Elena Bennett (

Merci énormément pour votre temps !

Early Morning Blaze Destroys Barn in Luskville



Thomas Soulière reader Nina Lépine-Forget alerted us to the fire and sent us this image of the blaze taken just before the arrival of firefighters to the scene

An early morning fire completely destroyed a barn on a farm located at 2002 route 148 (chemin Eardley) in the Luskville sector in the Municipality of Pontiac Monday.

Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac


Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac est une visite auto-guidée de neuf jardins champêtres. L’accent porte sur les méthodes écologiques, les aménagements favorisant la biodiversité et les plantes indigènes. Des artisans du Pontiac seront sur place pour vous faire découvrir leur art, livres et cartes. Les jardiniers vous proposeront quant à eux, des légumes écologiques, des semences et des plantes, ainsi que des tisanes, paniers et différents produits de leur terroir.

Great gardens and gorgeous gifts on tour


Pontiac Gardens and Gifts is a self-guided garden tour featuring nine country gardens in West Quebec’s beautiful Pontiac region. The focus is on organic techniques, wildlife-friendly designs and native plants. In addition, regional artists and artisans will sell their art, books and cards. Some gardens will be selling nursery stock and seeds, organic produce, herbal products and more.