Agriculture/Farming

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

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.

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