La Ferme de l’Aube; Vegan farming in Boileau

© Ferme de l'Aube

The gardener’s life is more than a second career for Mélanie and Jimmy; it’s a way of life that keeps them in contact with the earth. Since 2015 they have been farming the Ferme de l’Aube on a heavenly piece of land in Boileau, applying the experience they’ve acquired on farms and through travel.

“Being a gardener is the best way I’ve found to live in harmony with nature in the modern world,” Jimmy tells us. Admiring the many kinds of life that find their niche in the garden nourishes their happiness every day. They contribute to this biodiversity by cultivating 350 varieties of flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits.

Nature completes the picture by adding swallows, bees, beetles and rainbows. It’s a romantic dream, but it’s also a lot of work. Mélanie and Jimmy have chosen to keep their business small and viable by not hiring employees and by eating from their own harvest. In addition to fresh produce, they sell vegetable plants and seeds.

This year they’re concentrating on the farm stall on Friday afternoon and on personalized food baskets. Their goal is to simplify their operations and to improve, while keeping to vegan agricultural principles.

The approach favours organic cultural methods (without pesticides, chemical fertilizers or GMOs), using vegetable fertilizers respectful of biodiversity and animal lives. In five years, Mélanie and Jimmy have seen the positive effects of these techniques on the health of the plants and on the quality of the soil, which bustles with life.

This early summer, which was dry, with late frosts and successive heat waves, appears to them to be the very real effect of climate change. Faced with this challenge, they wish to make gardens more resilient by favouring the biodiversity of the Laurentian terroir.

 

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Geneviève Huchette

 

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Geneviève Huchette a grandi à Montréal et a complété un baccalauréat en agronomie à McGill. Après ses études et quelques voyages, elle a atterri à Mont-Tremblant en 2008, d'abord pour un emploi sur une ferme biologique. Alors qu'elle continue de jardiner pour le plaisir, Geneviève travaille actuellement dans les domaines du yoga, de la vente au détail et de la rédaction. Dans ses temps libres, elle adore les sports en montagne, les jeux de société et jouer de la musique. Geneviève Huchette grew up in Montreal and completed a bachelor degree in Environmental and Agricultural Sciences at McGill University. After years of studying and travelling, she landed in Mont Tremblant in 2008, first to work on an organic farm. Although she still enjoys gardening for fun, Genevieve presently works in various domains: yoga, retail and writing. In her leisure time, she likes mountain sports, board games and playing music.

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