Eating our land means stimulating its life force

Having always been fascinated by nature and the environment, it was only a matter of time when the world of agriculture called to me.

I grew up in Montreal and studied Geography and Environment, where I was able to deepen my knowledge of the relationship between humans and their natural environment. After meeting my partner in 2013, who was studying agricultural science, it became clear to me that I wanted to be involved in this field. So I did DEP in Horticulture at Mirabel Agricultural Training Center to develop my technical skills. By immersing myself in the industry, I was able to grow my network.

I worked with many agricultural and market gardeners for many years in maple syrup production, nurseries and orchards. After settling in Oka, in 2021, I participated in the establishment of an educational botanical garden at Oka Abbey and the training of youth aged 9 to 14 with the organization École-au-Field. From 2023, Abbey’s new chef, Ian St-Pierre Brinkman, brings an interest to the local market and fresh produce to the bistro. So it seemed normal and consistent to us that produce from the botanical garden would be used in the restaurant. Thanks to this agreement, I plan production according to the needs of the bistro. We mainly grow herbs, edible flowers, zucchini flowers and zucchini, tomatoes, melons, beans, ground cherries, root vegetables and greens. This collaboration makes it possible to promote the work of market gardeners and bring freshness to the plates of the bistro’s customers.

Eating our land means stimulating the vitality of it and our region. In this sense, as a municipal councilor, I am involved in many committees related to agriculture and environment in my municipality.

The passion and generosity of biofood entrepreneurs contributes to and enhances my sense of connection to this important field. Thanks to all the people who helped me, I was able to develop my own project, and in turn I try to share my passion with others. Now a father of two girls, I want my children to be able to grow up in an environment where they can understand the journey of our food and have access to this beautiful freshness for their health.

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