Agriculture dans la municipalité de Pontiac - Agriculture and farming in the Municipality of Pontiac
Two months ago, Ottawa high-school teacher Julia Brown* was a healthy woman enjoying a summer day at a riverside cottage. Yet a bite from a tick nearly took her life. But it was not Lyme disease; it was something worse. Brown and her family were visiting a friends’ cottage on the waterfront in the south of Luskville, along Ch. Pins on Black Bay in mid-August.
"At the Crossroads", an eight-foot tall obelisk, was officially dedicated at the Luskville Community Centre on Saturday, October 7. Each side of the monument is symbolic of the municipality’s history, showing aspects of local geology and biology, as well as the lives of First Nations people and European settlers.
Both country folk and city slickers came out for the 15th edition of the L'Union Producteur Agricole (UPA) Open Doors event on Sept 10. Luskville's La Riveraine, the only site within the Municipality of Pontiac, welcomed well over 100 visitors. They were able to tour the farm which dates from 1905, enjoying old machinery, tiny ponies and proud peahens, not to mention sampling some delicious pancakes.
Written by the wonderful Ian Tamblyn and brought to life by the equally wonderful Theatre Wakefield, A Summer... A Fair is a short play that will stay in your memory forever.
Part historical drama, part musical comedy and 100 percent heart, the play takes place in 1944 at the famed Cantley Picnic.
You know that it Must Have Rained A Lot when you acquire a spontaneous pond (Mountainview Turf, 5th Concession, Quyon) and a huge blue heron immediately turns up.
He didn't look all that happy to be there, but still: Nice Heron.
As with almost everything else, honey is best when it's grown locally. Large companies usually blend honey from many places; only really local honey has all the delicious freshness of home.
There is fresh and there is local... and then there is something that elevates the concept one step beyond. Audrey Lapointe (above) is all of these things and more. The young entrepreneur, based in Gatineau, is growing seasonal crops including garlic, potatoes, herbs and a variety of vegetables from her half-acre plot based at Élevage Fabie in Quyon.
I know, I do understand. You're zooming down the 148 on your way to work or the cottage or the depanneur or something and then...
There's some massive agricultural --- THING ---- in front of you... Doing something like 2 km/hr... And...
CAN'T HE MOVE IT?
Or GET OFF THE ROAD?
A hops party, hosted by Pontiac Hops in Luskville, gave visitors a chance to learn a little more about this successful new commercial enterprise.
Above, Pontiac Hops co-owners Anthony (right) and Jimmy Nugent.