In this episode we chat with Maude-Hélène Desroches, JM’s wife and farming partner, who has been operating their home farm, La Grelinette, by herself since 2015. Maude-Hélène not only has a wealth of knowledge and experience in small-scale organic farming but is also a committed environmentalist who believes in the power of eco-citizenship and community to shape a better future. We delve into the innovative farming methods at La Grelinette, the farm's evolution over the years, the pressing issue of overdevelopment, and the importance of rewilding spaces. Maude-Hélène also shares insights on how individual actions can create a ripple effect of positive change in the world.

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Timestamps

[1:34] Intro

[2:37] Discovering farming in the early 2000's through travel in Mexico and New Mexico

[9:41] Returning to Quebec, having a child and starting a farm, living in a teepee

[17:59] The origin of 'La Grelinette' Farm and it's evolution over time

[22:35] Realizing the farm was onto something, JM writing The Market Gardener

[27:49] Soil health, ecological practices, mulch/compost/fertilizer/plastic

[40:57] The future, over development, spreading of small farms, conservation

[53:17] Eco-citizenship

[59:53] Local farms' impact on communities and society

[1:07:08] Older and seasoned farmers inspiring the next generation

[1:12:11] Advice for team management, work/life balance,

[1:21:10] Past employees starting their own farms

[1:25:55] Soil by Matthew Evans

[1:28:48] Inspired by Eliot Coleman, visiting Frith Farm in Maine

[1:30:45] Personal growth through overcoming challenges

[1:35:08] The future of 'La Grelinette'

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Maude-Hélène:

Website: https://lagrelinette.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LesJardinsdelaGrelinette/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/la_grelinette/

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