Terra Millefolia is our wonderland. Its name echoes Alice's famous adventures (in Terra Mirabili) as well as Achillea millefolium, or yarrow, an indigenous plant full of wonders.
Currently located on a leased land on Île Bizard, Montréal, Terra Millefolia is a diversified market garden in line with our environmental values. There, we share a land, buildings and machinery with other farming projects. We grow with all our heart delicisous veggies as well as medicinal and aromatic herbs since 2016. In 2018, we officially integrate seed saving in our activities as co-founders of a cooperative project of local seed promotion. In our view, seed are an incredibly powerful symbol of resistance, (r)evolution, patience and empowerment.
Our philosophy: agroecology and solidarity
As farmers, we feel that we are working a common good: the land. Land is an essential, limited and non-renewable resource. This is why we commit to responsible stewardship of our piece of land and what goes beyond, on behalf of the community.
The equilibrium between diversity, productivity and complementarity stems from a rich ecosystem. Soil fertility goes well beyond NPK measurement. It rather results from a complex network of living soil organisms. This is why we actively promote biodiversity in our fields, and use absolutely no chemical input potentially harmful to ecosystems. We are always looking for new solutions to improve our growing methods, and most of the work is done by hand to minimize the negative impact of heavy machinery.
Beyond our permaculture approach, we also minimize our environmental impact by reducing our waste as much as possible from field to delivery. To do so, we established a reuseable containers refund system when our delivery point does not allow bulk distribution. In the fields, we use long-lasting materials to tend towards zero-waste.
And finally, access to healthy food is undoubtedly a right. It is however a complex issue: on one side are families whose limited-elasticity budget do not allow them to purchase healthy and ecological food. On the other side are farmers looking to get a fair price for their produce. What's the key to a fair and sustainable food system, then? This dilemma is always behind our heads. In the meantime, we've established a partnership with the Montréal-Nord solidarity market to have our surpluses eaten. Moreover, we're elaborating a work-share system in which people can help us out in the fields in exchange for fresh produce. This project is still on the drawing board and being tested, but do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!
Want to know more? We are always happy to discuss our growing methods, and you are welcome to see what we're doing with you own eyes!
Passionate about ecology and agriculture, Andreas and Sophie met on an agroecological farm in Northern India founded by Vandana Shiva, a well-known indian activist. The knowledge gathered there on seed saving, GMO's impact and the importance of traditional varieties and techniques definitely guided Terra Millefolia's ethics.
Andreas graduated in horticulture at Weihenstephan University in Germany, as well as in agronomy at Francisco-Josephinum college in Austria. Sophie graduated in environmental sciences at McGill university and at UQAM; her masters research focused on phytoremediation, a technology integrating biology and soil science to restore contaminated lands.
Togheter, and with the invaluable help of friends and family, they work hard to make their vision of a mindful and fair future come true.
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