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Transforming an abandoned X-mas tree plantation into a biologically diverse, holistically designed, organic, permaculture system.
105 backers pledged CA$ 4,579 to help bring this project to life.

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 Who We Are

AU PETIT BOISÉ is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Dunham, sitting on 14-acres, which include a mixed forest, annual and perennial vegetable and herb garden, shitake log grove, greenhouse, swimmable pond and trampoline. Since 2009, our low-tech gardening practices supply CSA baskets of veggies to 20 families, a nearby yoga retreat centre, and a local market. Preparing miso, sourdough bread, yoghurt, and various preserves is also part of our regular routine. Meditation, yoga and raising healthy and happy children are at the core of all that we do. 

We are a hopeful, imaginative and empowering response to modern socio-ecological challenges. Our community is a site of ongoing holistic enquiry, with the aim to live mindfully, compassionately, ethically, resourcefully, creatively, and simply. We share a common worldview based on the belief that all living beings are interconnected and have intrinsic worth; that respect, kindness, generosity and friendship are cherished values to be practised; and that cultivating awareness and equanimity is essential for harmonious living. Informed by our continuous personal effort at observing our mental, vocal, and physical expressions, we take responsibility for our actions and strive to reach our fullest human potentials.

At AU PETIT BOISÉ we do our best to view everything as a whole, living system. We nurture the land and are nourished by it. We are truly fortunate to be in a space that feeds us and the local community. More and more, people from our region and beyond come to share in the work and the harvest, learning about nature and learning about themselves. Every season we host people from around the globe who want to connect with the Earth, sharing our skills in gardening, composting, and community living. We see ourselves as a part of the great movement of conscientious people showing the world that there are diverse approaches of growing and consuming food, and that humanity, especially in the West, does not need to remain limited to the industrial, fast-food model. On a daily basis we teach—and learn—the depth of living local. 

To view a slideshow of the transformation click here

Onwards

What was once a 2.75 acre stand of dead or dying Christmas trees is now gradually becoming a biologically diverse system teeming with life! Three years of hard work (and lots of patience) with the help of generous friends and organizations helped us clear this abandoned plantation to make space for something great for the community and great for the planet. At present, the current bio-intensive garden occupies 1/3 of an acre. This coming spring and summer we will cultivate another 1/3 of an acre to double our annual vegetable production and feed 40 families. Not only that, we will also start an entirely new project: a 2-acre Edible Forest Garden. This patch of land will become a home for an orchard of rustic fruits, berries, nuts and medicinal plants, not to mention the multitudes of birds, bees and butterflies. While the Edible Forest Garden will possess some direct commercial value, the primary aim of the space is to allow for the flourishing of an ecosystem and to serve as an educational resource.

The garden in 2013/ Le jardin en 2013
The garden in 2013/ Le jardin en 2013

 Your Role

We recently received a very generous grant of $10K from the Quebec government’s forward-thinking ministry of agriculture. This assistance will enable us to pay for most of the necessary equipment and infrastructure for the Edible Forest Garden: irrigation pond, swales for directing water and preventing damage to young crops, netting for tree and plant protection, integrated walkways, tools, etc.

However, there is still the cost of purchasing seeds, trees, bushes and plants, which we estimate to be around $4K. This is where generous supporters have the opportunity to invest in their long-term karmic insurance plans! With their financial support, we will be in a position to get as much of the system established as possible. This pioneering project in Quebec will be of great benefit not only for the immediate ecosystem and human community, but will serve as an educational project for people from around the world, demonstrating the vast potentials to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, capture and replenish rain water, and build soil and local ecosystems.

Adding permaculture solutions to our farm will help stabilize the property’s ecosystem and minimize some of the risks associated with weather, disease and insect damage. Implementing this element to our overall system will not be simple, especially in the short-term. However, our work ethic, determination, willingness to explore new avenues, and the spirit of our open-minded and adventurous CSA members and volunteers, will certainly help us face any obstacles as they arise. Supporting this project with donations on Kickstarter will contribute to AU PETIT BOISÉ becoming a model for a stable ecological system. Make your dollars count!

Current Supporters

To help further realize this dream, we are privileged to have Eric Toensmeier, one of the leading experts in cold climate perennial gardening, come to AU PETIT BOISÉ from May 23rd to May 28th, 2014 to teach a course on Creating an Edible Forest Garden. Not only will we benefit from his expertise in designing and implementing the Edible Forest Garden, people from all over Quebec, Ontario, eastern Canada and the northeastern United States will come here to learn from Eric and share their own skills and knowledge with us. Eric has also been instrumental in helping us with initial plant selection for the Edible Forest Garden.

The video for this kickstarter project was produced by the talented film-maker Jean-Marc Abela. His creativity and vision was instrumental in helping get this kickstarter off the ground.

Jean-Martin Fortier from Jardins de la Grelinette and author The Market Gardener has been a great friend over the years and generous in sharing his skills and experiences with bio-intensive, commercial organic gardening.

All of our CSA members who continue to support us through good times and less good times, and all the volunteers who have come to lend a hand anywhere from a single day to half a year. Without them, none of this would be possible. 

The new annual garden after the x-mas trees/ Le nouveau jardin de légumes après les sapins
The new annual garden after the x-mas trees/ Le nouveau jardin de légumes après les sapins

FRANÇAIS

De la monoculture à la polyculture! Soyez de la partie dans le processus de transformation d’une plantation de sapins de Noel de 30 ans en un système de permaculture diversifié, holistique et biologique.

Qui Nous Sommes

AU PETIT BOISÉ est une micro-ferme située dans les douces collines de Dunham. Nos 14 acres incluent une forêt mixte, un jardin de légumes et de fines herbes, une serre, une champignonnière, un étang baignable, et un trampoline. Depuis 2010, nos pratique de jardinage ‘low tech’ fournissent de la nourriture à 20 familles, un centre de retraite de yoga, et un marché local. Notre routine journalière comprend plusieurs tâches, dont la cuisson de pain au levain, fabrication de yogourt et la préservation de petits fruits. La méditation, le yoga, et l’éducation de nos enfants est la source de toutes nos activités.

Nous représentons une réponse pleine d’espoir et d’imagination aux défis socioculturels modernes. Notre ferme est un site d’enquête holistique perpétuel. Notre but est de vivre consciemment, avec compassion et simplicité. Nous croyons que tous les êtres ont une valeur intrinsèque; que le respect, la générosité et l’amitié sont des valeurs à pratiquer; et que cultiver la conscience et l’équanimité est essentiel pour une vie harmonieuse. Nous assumons la responsabilité de nos actions en observant nos expressions mentales, vocales et physique, pour arriver au plein potentiel humain.

Nous nourrissons la terre, et nous sommes nourris par elle. Nous avons la chance de vivre dans un espace qui nourri la ferme ainsi que la communauté locale. De plus en plus, des personnes de notre région et au-delà viennent pour partager le travail et la récolte, pour apprendre sur la nature et leur propre nature. Chaque saison nous accueillons de gens de partout qui veulent connecter avec la Terre, et apprendre comment jardiner et vivre en communauté. Nous nous voyons comme faisant partie du grand mouvement de personnes consciencieuses qui démontrent d’autres approches d’agriculture de consommation, et que l’humanité, surtout en Occident, peut se sortir du model de nourriture industrielle. Sur une base quotidienne, nous enseignons, et apprenons, la profondeur de la vie locale. 

Le futur

Le 2.75 acres d’arbres de noël mourants se sont graduellement transformés en système bio diversifié plein de vie! Après trois ans de travail acharné, et beaucoup de patience, et avec l’aide généreuse d’amis et d’organismes, nous avons pu transformer cette plantation abandonnée en un espace utile pour la communauté et la planète. À présent, le jardin bio-intensif occupe ¼ d’acre. Ce printemps nous cultiverons un autre ¼ d’acre pour doubler notre production de légumes pour nourrir 40 familles. De plus, nous débutons un tout autre projet : une forêt nourricière sur une acre. Ce terrain accueillera un verger de fruits rustiques, petits fruits, noix, et des plantes médicinales, ainsi qu’une multitude d’oiseaux, d’abeilles, et de papillons. Bien que la forêt nourricière ait une valeur commerciale (dans 5 à 10 ans!), le but premier de ce projet est l’épanouissement d’un écosystème et de devenir une ferme de démonstration.

Votre rôle

Nous avons reçu récemment une subvention de 10 000$ de la Financière Agricole du Québec. Ce montant servira à l’équipement et l’infrastructure nécessaire pour l’implantation de la forêt nourricière : le système d’irrigation, les diguettes pour diriger l’eau et protéger les jeunes cultures, des filets anti-insectes et anti-oiseaux, les outils, etc.

Toutefois, il reste les coûts d’achats des arbres, buissons, plants et grains, que nous estimons à 4 000$. C’est ici que nos supporteurs ont l’opportunité d’investir dans leur police d’assurance karmique! Avec votre soutient financier, nous serons pourrons établir le système d’avantage. Ce projet pionnier au Québec sera d'une grande utilité non seulement pour l'écosystème immédiat et la communauté locale, mais sera un projet éducatif pour les gens de partout dans le monde, démontrant l'immense potentiel de séquestration du carbone de l'atmosphère, de la récolte d'eau de pluie, et de la reconstruction du sol et des écosystèmes.

L’ajout de la forêt nourricière à notre ferme aidera à stabiliser l'écosystème de la propriété et à réduire les risques liés aux conditions météorologiques, et des dommages causés par les maladies et les insectes. Sa mise en œuvre ne sera pas simple, surtout à court terme. Cependant, notre éthique de travail, notre détermination, la volonté d'explorer de nouvelles voies, et l'ouverture d’esprit de nos membres et bénévoles ASC, nous aidera certainement à faire face à tous les obstacles qui se présentent. Soutenir ce projet par des dons sur Kickstarter contribuera à aider AU PETIT BOISÉ à devenir un modèle de résilience bio-diversifiée. Faites compter vos dollars!

Les gens qui nous soutiennent

Pour nous aider à réaliser ce rêve, nous sommes privilégiés de recevoir Eric Toensmeier, une sommité dans le domaine des forêts nourricières en climat froid. Il viendra du 23 au 28 mai 2014 pour guider une formation intitulé Créer une forêt nourricière. Nous ne serons pas les seuls à en bénéficier car plein de gens du Québec, de l’Ontario, de l’est du Canada, et du nord-est des États-Unis viendront apprendre d’Eric et partager leurs propres talents et savoir faire. Eric a aussi grandement contribué à la sélection des plantes pour la forêt nourricière.

La vidéo pour ce Kickstarter a été produite par le talentueux Jean-Marc Abela. Sa créativité et sa vision ont été indispensable pour démarrer ce projet.

Jean-Martin Fortier des Jardins de la Grelinette, et auteur du livre Le jardinier maraîcher a été généreux en partageant ses compétences et expériences en jardinage bio-intensif commercial.

Tous nos membres ASC, qui continuent de nous soutenir, et tous les bénévoles qui ont mis la main à la pâte pour une journée ou six mois. Sans eux, rien de ceci n’aurait été possible.

Risks and challenges

Of course, the risks and challenges are related to mother nature. But the digging of two ponds as well as incorporating swales into the design will help us face droughts. The greenhouse will be useful to propagate cuttings and extend the season. We will use kaolin clay to protect against insects, as well as compost tea for fungal infections.

Evidemment, notre défi premier est le changement climatique et les températures imprévisibles. Le creusage de deux étangs et de diguettes nous prémunira contre les sécheresses. Nous utiliserons l'argile pour protéger des insectes, et le thé de composte pour les maladies fongiques.

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    We are happy to accept any pledge, regardless of the amount. In addition to contributing to their long-term karmic insurance plan, all backers will be welcome to come and participate in the food forest harvest in 3-5 years. Also, all backers will have access to cuttings from the established plants for free. Invest in carbon-sequestering farming, it's the agriculture of the future!

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    With this pledge, you will sponsor the forest garden's understory: perennial vegetables, medicinal plants, nitrogen fixers, and flowers that attract pollinator and predator insects. This stratum plays a very important role in the ecosystem. Examples: Borage, Bee Balm, Chamomile, Chinese leeks, False Indigo, Ginseng, Lovage, Perennial Sunflower,Sea Kale, Sorrel, Turkish Rocket. Backers will be welcome to come and participate in the harvest of these plants in 1-5 years.

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    This pledge will sponsor mostly nitrogen fixing plants such as Siberian Pea shrub and Gray Alder, as well as edible/medicinal berries such as Sea Buckthorn, Elder, Currant, Raspberry and Red Mulberry. For one season, backers will be welcome to come and participate in the harvest of these berries after 2-5 years.

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    These sponsorships include nut trees such as Shagbark Hickory, Northern Hazelnut, Northern Pecan, or Hybrid Chestnut. Sponsors in this category may also sponsor a Ginko Biloba. For one season, backers will be welcome to come and participate in harvest of these nuts after 7-10 years.

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    This pledge will help support the planting of Buartnuts (Heartnut & Butternut hybrid), Korean Nut Pine (18"), Carpathian Walnut, Shuettes Oak and Russian Almond. For one season, backers will be welcome to come and participate in the harvest of these nuts after 3-5 years.

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    These sponsors will contribute to the planting of f a Pinus Pumila (a small pine nut tree) and Swiss Stone Pine edible nut trees, as well as American Persimmon and Paw Paw fruit trees. For one season, backers will be welcome to come and participate in the harvest of these nuts or fruits after 4-5 years.

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    We will offer you an organic vegetable production consultation at your home. Supporters who live more than 150km away from us will need to contribute to the cost of transportation.

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    If you live in the Dunham, Sutton, Frelighsburg, Bedford or Bromont area, we will deliver a basket of fresh veggies at one of our CSA drop-off points near you for 20 weeks in the 2014 season, starting in mid-June.

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