Agriculture/Farming

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

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.

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