Our farm is a 114‑acre feudal lot, that is to say, long and skinny. It is about half forested in mixed cedar and hardwood stands. The remaining land is pasture, divided into small fields by tree lines and windbreaks.
Our animals graze these luxuriant fields on a rotational basis, allowing the pasture to fully recover before they return. Deer, groundhogs, wild turkeys and raccoons are abound as well, but unfortunately they sometimes prefer our veggies to the surrounding pastures.
We currently cultivate approximately 5 acres of vegetables each season, which allows for long rotations to replenish the land between productive seasons. Our soil is a clay‑loam, which makes drainage one of our biggest challenges. Although it is still rocky, the boulders that line our fields indicate that many farmers have done a lot of work over the past centuries.
Our beautiful pond provides for our swimming and irrigation needs, and is also a home for frogs, herons and even a family of beavers!
Jenna is one of the founding members of the farm and has been full-time ever since. Her role on the farm is ever evolving and she has participated in almost every aspect of the farm. She is most comfortable sitting on the tractor massaging the soil this way or that creating a beautiful vegetable garden.
Jenna came to Quebec in 2008 to do a PhD in forest ecology at UQAM. Near the end of her degree she joined a group of friends to start a cooperative farm while she finished her PhD. She was a good fit on the farm and decided to stay and grow a family on the farm.
Eby is another founding member of the farm. Although she has never worked full-time on the farm her insights into farming have been invaluable for the development of the farm. She can often be found selling our veggies at Saturday markets or at the Montreal drop-off. She also takes care of all the administration and finances for the farm.
Eby completed a B.Sc. in Agriculture and Environment at the MacDonald Campus of McGill University and a M.Sc. in Geography at the downtown McGill campus. She currently works as the director of policy and communications at the Canadian Association of Midwives.
Lo joined the farm team in 2015 as part of our internship program. After an impressive summer on the farm they were invited to permanently join the team as cooperative member. Lo has found their place on the farm managing the animals and organizing the deliveries at the wash station.
Marie-Claude has helped out on the farm for several years. In 2017 she animated our community garden hosted conjointly with Cafe Partage. In 2018 she continues in this role and will be helping with communications and helping out in the fields.