Agriculture/Farming

Agriculture dans la municipalité de Pontiac - Agriculture and farming in the Municipality of Pontiac

Découvrez les saveurs du Pontiac: Le Traiteur Demeter au Marché du fermier à Bristol

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Kate Aley

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Guy Faubert

Le traiteur Demeter de Luskville s'est joint au producteur d'agneau de Breckenridge JAE Farm pour nous offrir de délicieux et frais plats prêts-à-manger au Marché des fermiers de Bristol.

Discover delicious Pontiac: Demeter Catering at Bristol Farmers Market

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Kate Aley

Luskville caterer Demeter Catering has teamed up with Breckenridge lamb producer JAE Farm to offer delicious, fresh, ready-to-eat food at the Bristol Farmers’ Market. JAE Farm has produced some lovely hand-made lamb sausages that are free from fillers or preservatives. Just spices and fresh herbs compliment the pasture-raised lamb. They can be purchased grilled for immediate eating on a pita with slaw and yogurt or frozen for cooking at home.

Bristol Market back in action

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Kate Aley

Despite a slow start due to cool weather, the Bristol Farmers Market is back. Farmers and gardeners across the Pontiac are ready to serve you with the best of the region's finest meats, veggies, jams and pies, just to name a few of the delicious products on offer.

The market is open every Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm at the intersection of Ch. Aylmer and Hwy. 148. Make an effort and support our marvelous market gardeners and producers.

Calling history buffs and drama lovers! Theatre Wakefield is coming to Pontiac

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Peter MacGibbon

Dear friends in the Pontiac,

Theatre Wakefield’s newest play, A Summer… A Fair, is bringing the heritage of the Outaouais to life in the Pontiac this summer.

The one-hour cabaret-style show – written by renowned Chelsea musician and playwright Ian Tamblyn – combines history, amusing stories and characters from our rural past with rousing songs and music.

Jacob Gendron: living the wild life

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Kate Aley

23 year-old Jacob Gendron was born and raised in Luskville and has always loved the outdoors. He took that love to the Cégep in St. Felicien near Lac St. Jean to study environment and wildlife management for three years. Now he is back to work for us.

Improved access to food security here, where we live

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Kate Aley

As of last month, the Maison de la Famille Quyon (MdlFQ) is the new host of the Sharing Store, a place for people who are experiencing food-related problems to get discounted groceries

The new site is a step forward for the Store, which has been operating from a small room in the corner of the Beach Barn, that was proving ineffective in a number of ways.

Deer danger and how to contact the MTQ

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Kate Aley

Trouble in Paradise

I live on the highway in Luskville between Parker Rd. and Nugent Rd. which is Deer Death Central at this time of the year. A few years ago, I rang the Ministere de Transport Quebec (MTQ) and after being transferred six times (I'm not joking), we had extra "deer crossing" signs installed here and there.

Mighty maple

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Everyone loves fresh syrup, but Sucrerie Alary (#3242, opposite #3239, Route 148) have taken the notion of 'super-size' to a whole new level.

The sugarhouse is open every weekend from about 10 a.m. to about 4 p.m., with hot tire sur neige (taffy on snow) being served after 12 noon.

Call for information at 819 455 2572 or go to www.sucreriealary.ca

Workshop training: Setting your prices for your food products and services

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Charles Séguin — Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais

Lately we’ve been hearing a lot of producers and food processors questioning themselves on how much they should set their prices for both their agritourism rates and product prices. In response to this, we have created a Workshop to help you better do this.

This is a workshop training invitation for everyone working or interested in the agri-food sector.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions or comments.

Recensement d'oiseaux, lundi le 2 janvier 2017

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Mo Laidlaw

 

Bonjour! Bonne année !

I hope you have had a Merry Christmas!

Encore une fois c’est le temps pour notre recensement locale (Breckenridge-Dunrobin). Si vous avez une mangeoire d'oiseaux (avec nourriture) dans votre cours arrière, svp recensiez les oiseaux présents le 2 janvier. Vous n'avez que indiquer à la fin de la journée le nombre total d'individus (maximum) de chaque espèce présente en même temps. Vous pouvez communiquer vos résultats par courriel à moi, avant 17h.

Happy harvesters at Lavender Ridge vendage

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Kate Aley

Many hands made light work at Lavender Ridge winery's 6th annual vendage: also rapidly becoming known as the best harvest party ever. Excluding 2015 when a late frost meant no harvest at all, Lavender Ridge owners Joanne Labadie and Doug Briden have laid on a massive feast for their willing workers every year. October 9th was no exception, with harvesters aged from six to over 60 happy to get into the grapes.

Rip, zip and away: Rebecca's Horse Blanket Repair at your service

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Kate Aley

As all horse-owners well know, to their constant dismay, it takes a determined quadruped a mere moment to pull a buckle off a winter blanket or to completely tear a flysheet apart in the back paddock.

Equine equipment is too expensive to keep replacing, but luckily help is at hand from Rebecca Leblanc, pictured here with Indy, wearing a custom-made neck-piece for the Lope for Hope event last week.

Official opening of Pontiac Farmer's Store

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Kate Aley

Although the doors have actually been open for months, Le Magazin du Fermier /The Farmer’s Store in Luskville celebrated its Grand Opening on September 17 with a free BBQ, giveaways and snacks for all.

Jasmin Gibeau, general director for Agrodor’s Outaouais region, was on hand to welcome customers both new and established.

The garden Siri built: straw bales lift vegie production to new heights

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Kate Aley

Those who love summer veggies know that raised gardens are easier to tend and that heavy mulching with straw helps to keep weeds down and hold precious moisture in the soil… but what happens when you build your raised beds with straw? This year Siri Ingebrigsten, of Avant-Garde Equestrian Farm in Luskville, found out. Pontiac 2020.ca asked her about her horticultural adventure.

Quyon garlic farm has appetite for success

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Kate Aley

Seeking an easily-managed crop with minimal waste and a long shelf life, Quyon farmers Anny Bourret and Christian Legere chose to grow garlic and the results have been delicious. The couple now produce seven kinds of garlic on their 50 acre farm, which they purchased 12 years ago and renamed Ranch de la Vallée.

Got Milkweed?: natural resource to become local industry

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Kate Aley

Generally considered a pleasing wildflower at best and an annoying and insidious weed at worst, common North American Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is about to be reborn as a profitable, wild-harvested crop. What hasn’t changed is its indisputable role as the single food source for the incredible and tenacious Monarch Butterfly.

Bringing about this renaissance in the Outaouais is a new non-profit organisation, Nature Atout (NA), based in Wakefield.

Wild Parsnip: is this the one we are all supposed to be freaking out about?

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Kate Aley

In short, no.

The massive invasive toxic weed we are supposed to fear and loathe is Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum).Originally from eastern Europe and imported as a decorative garden accent, if you can believe it, Giant Hogweed grows to about five meters tall and is filled with noxious sap that burns skin deeply.

Garden enemy number one: the rose chafer

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Kate Aley

The first time I saw a rose chafer flying past me, I was actually charmed. So small, so funny, bumbling through the air with an almost velvet-like olive coloured carapace contrasting nicely with comically splayed-out shiny orange legs. That was then.

 

Choisir d’exploiter la ferme laitière familiale, malgré les défis

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ICI Radio-Canada

Cette semaine, des producteurs de lait ont fait la route de Québec à Ottawa à bord de leur tracteur pour participer à une manifestation organisée devant le parlement fédéral. Dans le cadre de la série les Travailleurs du samedi, nous avons fait la route Ottawa-Luskville pour rencontrer un jeune producteur laitier.

High hopes for Pontiac Hops

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Kate Aley

Spring time means gardeners are busy planting, planning and pruning … and the employees of Pontiac Hops, based in Luskville, are no exception.

The business, owned by James and Anthony Nugent, is in its third year of operation and is currently preparing to add a new three-acre field to the farm. The first year the pair put in 3,000 plants; now the count is close to 8,700.

Manifestation à Ottawa : les producteurs laitiers reçoivent beaucoup d'appuis politiques

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ICI Radio-Canada

Les revendications des milliers de producteurs laitiers rassemblés sur la colline du Parlement jeudi, trouvent un écho du côté des partis d'opposition à la Chambre des communes.

Lambs are leaping at JAE Farm

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Kate Aley

If there's ever been a true symbol of spring, it's the newly-born lamb and the newly-hatched chick. Ferme JAE Farm in Beechgrove, halfway between Luskville and Quyon, currently has plenty of both.

New lambs are arriving on schedule for the flock of North Country Cheviot x Suffolk and Rideau Arcott sheep owned by Andrea Goffart and Jozsef Veres.  

I heard it through the grapevine: new winery in Pontiac

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Kate Aley

Not just a line from a song: at long last, much-anticipated bottles from Quyon's Domaine de Pontiac Village's first vendage (harvest) are on sale now.

Owners Maude-Emmanuel Lambert and Pavel Kohl planted their first vines on their 50 acre property on Ch. Cemetary in 2007 and have been adding plants and varieties since then. The vineyard now covers approximately three and a half acres. 

And chickens for all: poultry for hire makes small-scale farming even easier

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Kate Aley

Nothing comes without it's own set of unique complications. Take owning chickens for example. How will you feed them? How will you house them? How will you stop the first passing fox from making a pleasant meal of them? Enter Dave Rene de Cotret, who believes that the joys and benefits of having chickens in your garden does not have to be a traumatic experience.

Taxes foncières agricoles : les producteurs ne sont pas dupes

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L'Union des producteurs agricoles

Dans son discours sur le budget 2016-2017, le gouvernement du Québec a annoncé qu’il procéderait à une réforme administrative du Programme de crédit de taxes foncières agricoles (PCTFA) et qu’il en transférerait la gestion à Revenu Québec. Le gouvernement a aussi annoncé qu’à compter du 1er janvier 2017, les terres agricoles exploitées par un producteur enregistré au ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) seront admissibles à une aide financière correspondant à 78 % de la valeur des taxes municipales. Selon le gouvernement, ce pourcentage équivaut globalement au niveau de soutien présentement accordé aux bénéficiaires du programme. Or, rien n’est plus faux.

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Pontiac frogs get thumbs-up from NCC

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Kate Aley

National Capital Commission (NCC) students Karine Labelle (left) and Valerie Bertrand were assessing the population of Western Chorus frogs along Ch. Pilon in Luskville this week. The two University of Ottawa biology students have the enviable task of travelling around the region to visit known breeding grounds, listening for the calls of 10 types of amphibians, including the Wood frog and American toad.

 

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