Myriam Faubert and Mathieu Grégoire, along with their children Antoine, 5, Lilia, 2, and Gabriel, 8, were thrilled to receive a $6,000 grant for their bourgeonning farming business.
by Isabel Mosseler
A young local family got a pat on the back and a fat cheque last month, a reward for returning to their roots and venturing into a new adventure: commercial farming.
On September 15th, West Nipissing’s Ferme familiale FG received a $6,000 award from the Union des cultivateurs Franco-Ontariens at a special ceremony in Clarence Creek, Ontario. The money was part of the Fonds de la relève agricole, awarded to francophone students and young entrepreneurs across the province.
La Ferme familiale FG stands for Myriam Faubert and Mathieu Grégoire (FG), and is a start-up company that recently began the development of vegetable gardens and a poultry operation for both meat and eggs. “We aspire to carry on commercial farming to push our interests and skills in gardening even further,” says Myriam Faubert-Grégoire. “We also want to allow our three young children to experience life on a family farm.”
The couple applied to the UCFO for the funding. “It’s an Ontario agricultural association, but for francophone farmers, based in the Rockland area. But they do represent the Francophones in the agricultural sector across the province. …We put a proposal together, the submission was reviewed by a board of directors and they chose two bursaries for starting projects,” explains Mathieu.
The couple moved to the Cache Bay area last March from Hanmer. Their farm consists of 35 acres on Lac Clair Rd., close to the Sturgeon Falls Rod & Gun Club, and is the family homestead for Myriam Faubert. The two also both work off the farm, but decided to start small production last spring.
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