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

Gaining Ground: Managing On-Farm Fly Populations


Rob Wallbridge

The persistent buzz and tickle of tiny feet on my face early this morning as the sun rose reminded me that fly season has reached our part of the country once again. Hopefully, most of you will have started your fly management activities months ago, but for those a little slow off the bat, or everyone looking for extra tips and information, let’s look at where to prioritize your investments of time and money.

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Sorry, Farmers, You’re Soon to Be out of a Job. Urban Shepherd, Anyone?


I don’t mean to alarm you, farmers, but your job is in danger.

Career Cast, a job-hunting site, recently released its “Most Endangered Jobs for 2014” with the role of farmer listed in the No. 2 position, faring only slightly better than the much-beleaguered mail carrier. Two things: this is not shocking, nor necessarily negative. Let me explain.

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Organic Farming and Modern Technology: Friend or Foe?


Rob Wallbridge

I just listened to a recent interview with Julie Borlaug, associate director for external relations for the Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M. Julie is the daughter of the scientist who is often referred to as the ‘father of the Green Revolution,” which saw the introduction, beginning in the late 1950s, of advanced breeding techniques, synthetic fertilizers and other technological innovations to boost yields.

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Avis Public Quartier 4 - Public Notice Ward 4



Monsieur le maire Roger Larose et votre conseillère Madame Inès Pontiroli vous invitent cordialement à une rencontre.

Cette rencontre a pour but de réunir tous les citoyens du quartier, à se rencontrer et échanger dans une atmosphère conviviale et informelle avec leur maire et leur conseiller.

Venez partager avec nous vos besoins, demandes, idées ou suggestions pour le développement et le mieux-être de notre beau quartier.

Centre communautaire secteur Luskville (2024 Route 148) le jeudi, 26 juin 2014 à 19:30 heures


The mayor, Mr. Roger Larose and your councillor Mrs Inès Pontiroli, cordially invite you to a meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather the citizens of ward 4 to meet and exchange ideas with their mayor and councillor in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

Come share your needs, requests, ideas or suggestions for the development and welfare of our beautiful community.

Luskville community centre (2024 Route 148) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26th 2014


Animal Abuse is Never Okay


by ModernMilkmaid

I never wanted to write this post. Sadly, I must address the recent undercover video by Mercy for Animals on a British Columbia dairy farm.

As an animal lover, I am disgusted and horrified by abuse or mistreatment of any kind. As a dairy farmer, I am sickened that anyone would hurt cows and calves.

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Academics Review: Selling the Fear of Organic Marketing


Rob Wallbridge

It’s been a little over four years since I joined Twitter and a year since I started blogging. What I originally considered a way to share information about my farm has evolved into something that feeds my passion for informed discussion and logical debate. The farmers, scientists and bloggers I’ve encountered have radically altered the way I view the world and certain issues, GMOs in particular. Yet every once in a while, I am reminded that to be human is to be subjective, and that bias can lead people to accept flaws in one argument that they would not tolerate in another.

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De moins en moins de fermes au pays


Alors que le nombre de fermes diminue au Canada, leur taille augmente et leurs exploitants se font de plus en plus âgés, révèle un rapport rendu public mardi par Statistique Canada.

L'agence, qui se fonde sur les données du Recensement de l'agriculture de 2011, a répertorié 205 730 fermes en 2011 au pays, ce qui représente un déclin de 74 000 exploitations agricoles en vingt ans.

Pendant ce temps, depuis 1991, la superficie agricole moyenne a augmenté pour passer de 198 à 778 acres

Un des auteurs du rapport et analyste en agriculture, Martin Beaulieu, a expliqué qu'une des raisons de cet accroissement de la taille des fermes est la mise en commun des terres à mesure que les agriculteurs prennent leur retraite.

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Walmart and Organic Food: Help or Hype?


by Rob Wallbridge
The Fanning Mill

According to a news release published yesterday and widely parroted around the web, Walmart is poised to takes its “lowest price is the law” approach to some of its organic offerings, promising to make organic food “affordable” to all. According to their own research, 91% of its shoppers would buy organic food if the price were the same. By partnering with the Wild Oats organic food brand, they plan to introduce a line of organic products priced the same as non-organic equivalents.

On the surface, it sounds do-able. As I’ve pointed out before, the organic premium is largely a factor of economies of scale in transportation, processing, marketing, and distribution, as well as the laws of supply and demand that allow all players in the food chain to earn a little extra along the way (whether they’ve incurred all that extra cost or not). This also means that the premium paid to the grower is rarely directly reflected in the retail price.

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Taste of Pontiac: Maple Syrup from Muddy Hands Winery


Spring is officially here, and the sap has started flowing!

Maple Syrup is available at Muddy Hands Farm & Winery, located at 1965 Route 148 -- at the two lanes in Luskville.

Watch for our signs on the 148.

$11 for 1/2 Litre
$20 for 1 Litre.

Guaranteed to be free of any contaminents, and completely lead free -- which is commonly present in most "backyard" maple productions.

Government tested and inspected.

This year, we've extended our Maple syrup production significantly -- partnering with a local company that boils off the sap and packages it for us with all the necessary (and legal) nutritional information.

As always, our products are of high quality.

Who are we?

The name of our farm, Muddy Hands Farm & Winery, is named from the simple belief that amazing things come with passion, love, and hard work(tm).  We continue to strive to provide amazing quality products for your family -- directly from ours.

We know you will enjoy them as much as we do.

Many are aware that we've been selling quality farm related products here for a couple years -- fresh eggs, organic turkey and chickens, honey, beeswax candles, etc.

We've also planted our first vineyard in the spring of 2013, and you can expect some very interesting surprises from us in the coming years.  Pay attention, because something very exciting is coming to the Pontiac!

Please note: our store front hasn't been built yet, and the products are sold from the farm gate -- directly from our home.

Why I'm not an "Agvocate"


by ModernMilkmaid

Advocating for agriculture is a worthwhile goal, no doubt. But who knows what being an agvocate means? Other agvocates. Your typical non farmer thinks you just spelt advocate wrong. The label serves only to identify yourself to others in the industry, most often those who farm the same way you do.

Lately, I’ve become frustrated and disillusioned with where I see agvocacy heading, primarily on twitter. Calling consumers ignorant, stupid, uneducated, brain dead, or scientifically illiterate for not understanding the industry is common. For many farmers, it’s the only life they’ve known.

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Organic farmer speaks out for GMO co-existence: Labeling might break impasse for the reasonable


The emails usually start arriving in April. “Do you sell organic vegetable transplants for home gardens?” they usually ask because “I want to avoid planting GMO tomatoes and peppers in my garden.” That’s strange as there are no GMO tomatoes or peppers.

A few weeks ago, I received this helpful list of organic and non-GMO seed suppliers via Facebook, with the comment, “a ‘lot’ of seeds planted in gardens are ‘unknown’.”

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Gaining Ground: Feed the Soil to feed the Plant


Gaining Ground is a series of feature articles written about cultural management practices common to all production systems. With a heavy focus on soil management and productivity, Rob Wallbridge, a Quebec farmer and blogger, will tackle a new topic in each article, from the use of cover crops, to integrated weed management and forages in rotation, and all the way through to fly control.

First case of deadly pig virus reported in Quebec


CBC News Posted: Feb 23, 2014 11:09 AM ET
Quebec’s agriculture ministry confirmed the province’s first case of porcine epidemic diarrhea Sunday, a deadly virus that has already killed millions of piglets in the United States.

Known as PED, the virus originated in China before arriving in the United States and Canada, where cases have been confirmed in Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and now Quebec.

Quebec’s first case of PED was detected in test samples from a herd on a farm in the Montérégie region south of Montreal. The pigs have no clinical signs of the illness but agricultural ministry officials now have the farm under quarantine to prevent the virus from spreading.

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Investigation Update (Ontario)


Ontario has confirmed a second case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) and a third is under investigation. Both are in the Chatham-Kent region.

PED is usually fatal for very young pigs while older pigs can recover. The virus does not affect food safety, nor is it a risk to human health or other animals. Pork remains a safe choice for consumers to eat.

After PED began circulating in the U.S. last year, the province and the pork industry worked together to implement extensive education programs to increase awareness of the disease and promote biosecurity protocols. Since the virus is highly contagious, its presence in Canada is not unexpected and more cases are expected in the coming days and weeks.

US beef prices continue to rise


SEE ALSO: Beef poised for price rise

WHOLESALE beef prices in the US have had a strong start to the year, with end users chasing limited supplies.

Meat and Livestock Australia reports that as at January 10, the Urner Barry Yellow Sheet prices for all reported cutout beef values - including Choice, Select and CAB grades - were notably higher, averaging a 4–5 per cent increase on the week before.

Some of this jump was also attributed to disruption of supplies due to the widespread cold weather. Besides the cutout values, trim prices also increased substantially, especially for fresh 50CL manufacturing beef, which was 12pc dearer than the previous week.

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Le mauvais temps cause une pénurie d’essence dans l’est du pays


Les compagnies pétrolières ne sont pas en mesure pour le moment de dire combien de stations-services sont affectées ou quand un retour à la normale est prévu. Les gérants de ces stations s'arrangent donc tant bien que mal pour satisfaire leur clientèle.

« [Les consommateurs] sont contents parce qu'il faut qu'on charge le prix du suprême, au prix du régulier », explique Marc André Ladouceur, un employé du réseau Ultramar, dans le secteur d'Aylmer à Gatineau.

Mais quand les cuves des stations-service sont vides, les conducteurs n'ont pas le choix de faire le tour des autres points de vente d'essence. Cette situation est particulièrement gênante au moment où des milliers de Canadiens sont sur les routes pour aller célébrer les fêtes de fin d'année en famille.

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Gasoline shortages in Ottawa-Gatineau blamed on weather


Distributors are blaming the weather for recent gasoline shortages in the capital region.

Some stations, including Shell and Petro-Canada, said recent storms have disrupted their supply chain of trucks from as far away as Texas.

Pumps started running dry in northwestern Ontario, but the problem has since moved to the Ottawa-Gatineau.area.

Gary Dubeau said he was unable to travel on Christmas Day.

"Well, I wanted to spend time with my family and because of the shortage of gas in my area, there were no stations at all,” he said.

“In (the) Pontiac area it was all closed.”

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Noël 2013 — Naissance d'une nouvelle tradition



Bruno Alary

À l'approche du temps des fêtes, les usines géantes outre-frontières fonctionnent à pleine vitesse afin d'offrir aux Québécois des piles monstrueuses de produits bon marché fabriqués au détriment de la main-d'œuvre canadienne.

Cette année sera différente. Cette année, les Québécois doivent penser aux leurs, penser à tous les Québécois. Il n'y a plus d'excuse...

Explore some of the Ottawa region's fine wineries


It's hard to think of a more pleasant outing than a drive in the countryside around Ottawa to do a little wine tasting. This is a good time of year for it, with the leaves turning to a blaze of colour and the winemakers busy. If we don't already think of this as a winemaking region, it's about time we did. Here are five places to sample our regional wines.


Why it's worth the visit: What a combination - wine and lavender. Doug Briden and Joanne Labadie have been harvesting grapes and growing lavender on their family farm in West Quebec since 2006.

Follow this step-by-step guide that takes you through the growing process from clove to bulb


For gardeners who enjoy eating the “stinking rose” as well as garlic scapes (flower buds), there’s nothing quite like planting your own cloves of garlic. Furthermore, some of us avid connoisseurs enjoy experimenting with  purchasing different varieties of garlic and seeing which types do best in our hardiness zones, soil type and microclimate growing conditions.

Here at Spiritwood, the 100-acre farm north of Quyon, Quebec (50 km northwest of Ottawa), that my husband and I own, we’ve been planting garlic for years in our organic, raised-bed veggie garden.

Triple mérite agricole pour une entreprise du Pontiac


Une entreprise de paysagement de la région a raflé pas moins de trois prix, vendredi, lors du 124e concours de l'Ordre national du mérite agricole (ONMA).

Basée dans le Pontiac, l'entreprise Les Gazonnières Mountainview s'est vu remettre le troisième rang national dans la catégorie Or, lors de la cérémonie qui s'est tenue à l'Assemblée nationale, à Québec. 

La ferme Lavender Ridge de Luskville présentera quelques vins, produits comestibles au Casino du Lac-Leamy


Les épicuriens et gastronomes sont conviés au 17e salon de la gastronomie, des vins et des spiritueux de Gatineau, le Rendez-vous des saveurs du Casino du Lac-Leamy du 18 au 20 octobre.

La ferme Lavender Ridge de Luskville, mieux connue pour ses produits de beauté à base de lavande, présentera quelques vins de son cru.

En plus des vins, Lavender Ridge propose des produits comestibles faits de ...


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