Certified Organic Products

Les Jardins de la Montagne is a certified organic farm by Québec Vrai, according to Canada Organic Regime of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. We also purchase fruits, vegetables and other products that are certified organic. We ensure that all products in your baskets are certified organic, without exception.

YOUR BASKETS THROUGHOUT THE SEASONS

Summer and Fall

We essentially grow everything found in your baskets (more than 450 varieties of 53 species). If we need to get produce from other producers, we prioritize local and certified organic farms. Only tropical fruits and exotic vegetables that cannot grow in Quebec, because of our climate, are purchased from abroad. Our organic certification requirements for these suppliers are the same as for local producers. As organic farmers, we put our expertise to work for you.

Winter and Spring

Root and long preservation vegetables found in winter and spring baskets are mostly grown on the farm and are stored in an optimal environment to preserve their freshness. For fresh produces, we favor buying locally grown products from certified organic greenhouses based on quality and quantities available. For fruits and vegetables that are not available in Quebec, we buy from international certified organic suppliers. Therefore, during the cold winter months, fruits and some vegetables in your baskets are imported from abroad to provide you with the best and most diversified organic baskets year-round.

OUR PRACTICES

Our organic practices require a lot of work and planning but the benefits greatly outweigh the costs. In the end, we supply healthier food and create a better world.

Click on each of the icons below to better understand each of the methods we use to maintain the health and balance of our soils.

Fertilization

From 1997 until 2008, we fertilized our land with cattle and horse manure to help rebuild the soil’s organic matter and life cycles.

By 2009, our soil had become self-sufficient and developed regeneration capacities to maintain itself, despite an intensive and demanding agriculture. Nature never ceases to amaze us!

Nowadays, we fertilize our land with vegetable compost from the farm’s crop residues, recycled substandard products, green manures (e.g. buckwheat, clover, mustard, oilseed radish, etc.), and dried chicken manure pellets.

Feeding the soil with compost and green manures, that don’t contain chemicals, allows our plants to absorb and store these natural nutrients, micro-nutrients, and oligo-elements during the various stages of their life cycle so when they are naturally reaching their maturity, the fruits and vegetables can nourish you too.

Our products grow in a pollution-free environment and a healthy living soil and thus, are free from contaminants and contain the nutrients necessary for your health and vitality.

Crop rotations

From one season to another, different families of plant species are grown on the same plot of land over a period of 4-5 years. This greatly helps prevent diseases that could affect our crops. Each plant uses and contributes its own mix of nutrients and minerals, which helps create and maintain the soil’s optimal balance. For example, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and potatoes all belong to the same family and represent one of the rotations we commonly practice.

Companion planting

Companion planting involves combining different species of plants that have the ability to protect each other. For example, if carrots, beets, lettuce and onions are planted in the vicinity of each other, their elements can fight off harmful pests and insects in the other plants in order to help maintain the overall health and vitality of the crops and soil.

Water management

The use of drip irrigation system allows us to save up to 90% of the water volumes normally required to irrigate using sprinklers. Drip irrigation prevents soil compaction, the forming of a crust on the soil’s surface that inhibits the soil’s ability to breathe and nourish the plants. Drip irrigation reproduces the effect of a gentle rain drizzle; the size of the drops are much smaller than other types of irrigation and allows water to seep directly to the base of the plants and reach the roots.

Pest control

As part of our organic practices, the farm does not use any chemical pesticides to combat harmful insects and other pests. Instead, we rely on biological control which is the reduction of pests using the natural behaviours of living organisms.

For instance, companion planting explained above is an efficient way to use the natural elements of certain plants to repel unwanted pests in surrounding plants. Instead of using poison, our dogs and cats hunt certain types of pests.

We also work with BTs (Bacillus thuringiensis) which are living organisms found in all soils and are commonly used as a biological pesticide. These organisms are very selective and only attack insects that are harmful to the plant. In addition, we use floating row covers to help create a physical barrier between our plants and unwanted pests. These covers also preserve heat, help keep out the cold and frost at night, and help conserve moisture.

Not all insects are harmful. We believe it is not only necessary but useful to share up to 5% of our crops with insects in order to preserve a natural balance between pests and their predators. For example, lady bugs can consume up to 50 times their own weight in unwanted pests per day. This natural balance minimizes the need to intervene. We work with Mother Nature instead of trying to dominate her.

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