Victory of a Témiscouata farm over CPTAQ


Julie Grant, president of Terram Vermiculture, had been thinking for years about acquiring the fields next to her house in Saint-Juste-du-Lac to farm. The land, about 7 hectares, is uncultivated and has been abandoned for about 35 years, according to the farmer.

If it is not worked very soon, the field could be lost because the forest could take overshe believes.

Her company, located in Lejeune, is dedicated to the intensive breeding of earthworms to collect their manure, which is then used as fertilizer by agricultural producers.

Earthworms.

Julie Grant is an intensive worm farmer. With the acquisition of a piece of land in Saint-Juste-du-Lac, she was able to intensify her activities.

Photo courtesy of Julie Grant

It’s important for us to have a growing space, to re-cultivate these fields.says Mrs. Grant. We want to use some of what we plant in our compost to feed our worms and some to test our products.

During the preliminary orientation of the Commission for the Protection of the Agricultural Territory of Quebec.the application was rejected.

The Commission considered that the potential for agricultural use of this property, as well as the residual property, would be diminished, the homogeneity of the farming community would be affected, and the acreage of the newly created property is insufficient to farm profitablyThe decision of the Commission for the Protection of the Agricultural Territory of Quebec..

In January of this year, Julie Grant met with the. Commission for the Protection of the Agricultural Territory of Quebec.accompanied by the City of Saint-Juste-du-Lac and the Agricultural Grouping of Témiscouata, which supported its application, to contest the notification.

According to the City Council and the Agricultural Grouping, the project would ensure the sustainability of the land and agricultural activities, as the land would remain fallow without intervention.

The Commission for the Protection of the Agricultural Territory of Quebec. finally authorized the division of a parcel of land to allow the company to return the fields to agricultural use and, by the same token, diversify and develop its production. In his February 14 decision, he wrote that. the project will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the economic development of the region..

A farm near a field.

Terram Vermiculture is located in Lejeune, Témiscouata.

Photo courtesy of Julie Grant

Lots of vacant land in the Lower San Lorenzo.

Julie Grant hopes her victory will have an effect on the occupation of the devitalized territories.

In eastern Quebec, the problem is not urban sprawl, which threatens the protection of agricultural land, but the non-use of fields and the abandonment of agriculturehe argues.

Kalil Mnasri, project manager of the Groupement agricole du Témiscouata, confirms that there is a lot of fallow land in the Lower St. Lawrence. According to him, there are several hundred hectares of devitalized land. Some areas are more urgent to recultivate than others.points out.

Recultivating fields costs money. It requires clearing, draining and making the soil functional again. It takes time and moneysays Terram Vermiculture’s president.

Julie Grant believes the ruling could serve as a precedent for future producers wishing to acquire small tracts of land to develop emerging models of agriculture. This would be consistent with the objectives of Bill 103.

That’s a good message for eastern Quebec.

A quote from Julie Grant

The project manager of the Groupement agricole du Témiscouata believes that, thanks to this decision, the. Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec. is open to new models of agriculture.

I think we are proving that it is possible to make a living from farming even on small acreagestresses Mr. Mnasri. For young horticulturists, it can be interesting.

However, he points out that the Commission for the Protection of the Agricultural Territory of Quebec. plays an important role in the protection of agricultural land and that lots should not be excessively fragmented. It has to be serious farming, otherwise it will do more harm than helpconcludes the man who is also a market gardener.



Reference-ici.radio-canada.ca

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