Beginnings on the farm
In 2014, he and his former partner, Nancy Blanchette, discovered a few acres of fallow land on Napper Road in Hemmingford. On the property there was a house built in 1830. With the aim of establishing an organic blueberry farm based on pick-your-own and artisanal production, they moved there a few months later with their 3 boys, Baptiste, Caleb and Jeremy.
Initially, only 4 of the 48 acres purchased were cultivable. Trees, roots and huge rocks had to be dislodged mechanically. In-depth field work was carried out to make these lands suitable for cultivation. For some soils, it was 4 years of work: manure amendments, green manure and fallow periods. The first 4,000 blueberry bushes were planted over a period of 3 years. Today, there are 6,500 plants growing on the 6.5 acres of the blueberry farm which obtained its organic certification by Ecocert Canada in 2017.