In partnership with the Vaudreuil-Soulanges local development centre (CLD), the Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent regional conference of elected officials (CRÉ), the Quebec Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation, the Agence Forestière de la Montérégie, the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Groupe interdisciplinaire de recherche en agroforesterie, this project aims to create a large-scale intercropping testing, experimentation and demonstration site. Intercropping involves planting rows of trees spaced far apart so that various kinds of plants, such as cereal crops, can be grown in between.
This project will examine the interaction between farm crops and slow-growing, fast-growing and nitrogen-fixing trees to develop sustainable farming techniques with direct benefits for local communities and new farmers.
Site development will begin this summer. The land will be cleared and green fertilizer will be applied in preparation for crop planting in spring-summer 2014. The first trees will also be planted in 2014.
This agroforestry initiative, likely one of the largest in Quebec, will make it possible to evaluate issues associated with the presence of trees in the farm environment and foster research into balancing objectives for farm productivity and environmental quality.
For more information on this project, contact the urban planning department at 514-453-4128, option 1.