Local organic vegetables all year long
Nestled in the Châteauguay Valley, our cooperatively-run farm has been producing beautiful, delicious organic vegetables for more than 12 years on 8 acres of land. We guarantee 24 weeks of baskets from June through November. Thanks to our greenhouses, basket members will find everything from big, juicy tomatoes to tender greens throughout the season.
Coop les Jardins de la Résistance was born out of two collectives—les Jardins de la Résistance (2004) and Récolte Solidaire (2006)—which merged in 2006. The new collective, composed of ten people, practiced small-scale ecological agriculture. Their goals were to learn, to donate produce in solidarity, and to create links between the city and the country. The project was volunteer run and financially supported through the sale of vegetable baskets.
In the fall of 2007, the collective had to leave the small plot of land they had been renting in Godmanchester. They moved to Sainte-Barbe, renting about an hectare of land with black soil. By the summer of 2008, the collective had four remaining members who were all still volunteering. At the end of this season, the limited possibilities of the land in Sainte-Barbe and the desire of the collective members to earn their living in agriculture led to the decision to buy land in Ormstown in November 2008.
The founding of Coop les Jardins de la Résistance
In the winter of 2009, Guillaume, Poya, and Olivier founded the worker cooperative les Jardins de la Résistance. There was a lot of work to do on their nearly abandoned land: renovate the barn (the foundation and structure); build a greenhouse and an indoor seeding space; prepare the fields, a space to wash vegetables, and a refrigerated space. In 2010, the coop became certified organic with Ecocert Canada. In 2012, they obtained 50 beehives.
The coop currently has four members and hires a few employees each season. We sell vegetables and honey under the community supported agriculture (CSA) model through weekly deliveries of baskets at different delivery points.
Production and cultivation
We cultivate approximately 8 acres of land in certified organic vegetables and green manures. The majority of our vegetables are distributed in 375 baskets over our 24-week regular season and in 120 winter baskets. The rest are sold to restaurants and stores as well as to les Bio Locaux, an organization that centralizes distribution for organic farms in Quebec.
We continue to produce our delicious honey for the enjoyment of our basket members.
Administration et comptabilité, récolte, planification et rotation de culture, préparation du sol
Point de chute à la ferme, marketing, service à la clientèle, ressources humaines et planification de culture
Point de chute de Châteauguay, serre, coordination des récoltes et vente
Pointe-Saint-Charles drop-off point planification de culture et ressources humaines