We grow and trial varieties of annual crops, mostly vegetables, on a little less than 3 acres. Breeding and selection plays a major role in our seed to seed system. We do still maintain (and adapt) OP (open pollinated) varieties and select our breeding lines in progress. Our name reflects both this fact and the idea that many varieties we grow came from abroad recently - or a long time ago - and successfully adapted to their new homeland. We really love culinary experiences and try to contribute diversification for our tastebuds as well!
How we grow
To us soil means it all. Our efforts are placed in providing the best living soil possible to our crops. That said, organic matter is what matters the most to us. Agro-forestry and ecological agriculture principles guide our decisions. We will be adding some information about our practices under the «projects» tab. And for those of you who read French, you may visit Hadashah's blog at Parcelles d'Essai to find posts about subjects as diverse as soils, seed biodiversity and seasonally inspired recipes.
Who we are
Flowers, vegetables, and so many projects
About Hadashah, who sowed the farm project seeds
«Before I could ever put a name on the farm project, many people influenced the way I do agriculture.
Born in the hilly mid-north of Lanaudière region in Quebec where forests meant a lot to the local economy, I must remember my first gardening place was almost surrounded by trees that cast a comfortable shade in the height of summer. By definition, this could have been termed agro-forestry. Trees and hedges give organic matter, capture and extract nutrients and provide an important mycorrhizae network.
Here my acquired practical skills meet my recent agronomic knowledge. Needless to say, I love to feed my appetite for exciting new research found in papers about the soils’ ecosystems (and about plant breeding too!).
As a child, my father used to help his mother with the vegetable garden. Gardening was largely promoted by the authorities and prizes for the best gardens were offered in every town to improve sustainability and household food production.
My parents built their house on a small woodlot and kept on gardening as soon as they had a small cleared sunny spot.
I can recall the sweet and crisp taste of snap peas, fresh off the pea vine clinging to their chicken wire trellis, maybe the first conscious encounter with garden-fresh vegetables as a child.
Until adulthood, my search was about finding garden rarities, mostly ornamentals. Then in 2003, I came to realize I had missed something important from a culinary point of view. I learned for the first time about Seeds of Diversity Canada. To me, it was almost a shock finding out that ripe tomatoes could actually be not red. And what about beans and their incredible seed patterns and colors, shapes, tastes and textures,… The same could just apply to poultry, swine and other animals: there are still rare breeds out there, with really different characteristics than what we are used to.
The way I perceived FOOD was completely changed.
My first plant breeding experiments began in 2006. Mostly perennials and edible flowers, like daylilies, but also summer squashes.
In 2013 after some years of glassworking, I realized gardening meant more than a hobby to me. I guess it’s my sculpted vegetable earrings that made me feel I had to produce real veggies too. So I dedicated the following four years to a degree in agronomy.
It’s been more than fifteen years now that I grow and learn about plants. Growing and sharing my passion is now part of this project!
A partnership: Four hands are handier than two
Even more so with Sylvain. He was born in Quebec’s Beauce region, a place that is renown for the creativity and workmanship of its inhabitants, and so does he deserve that reputation.
His energy and vision completes well our duo.
He enjoys working with well crafted farm tools and machinery, that are both simple and built to last long. Sometimes we collaborate to create our own tools designed to make farm life a little easier. The planning of our passive solar greenhouse is another example that makes both of us think that ecology and business can (and must!) meet somehow.
Welcome to the farm!
To find us
Our farm is halfway between two localities in the Bellechasse county, along QC-279 road.
We will be open only for specific events next summer.
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next summer !
229 place du Platin