About Us

About the farm

Passionate about ecological agriculture, we believe that local organic veggies are the first step towards a remarkable food experience, a vibrant community and a healthier planet. After years of working on organic farms, we started Our Little Farm in 2011. As a young family farm, we grow 35 different types of certified organic vegetables in Lochaber-partie-ouest (Qc). We offer CSA boxes and also sell at farmers’ markets. We love food, sharing our favorite recipes, giving back to the community, and contributing to building a better food system. Our Little Farm is a proud member of Equiterre.

Our team consists of a permanent team of three farmers which is joined by a seasonal team of 2-3 keen young people interested in sustainable agriculture during the growing season each year. Here’s more info about our permanent team.

Jim Thompson, family farmer

Jim Thompson

After graduating from his Geography and Urban Studies program, Jim went to Cuba for a few months to work with Genevieve on an urban organic farm. It is there that Jim discovered his passion: growing vegetables! Upon his return, Jim looked for a job on a farm. He was soon hired at La Ferme du Fort Senneville (FFS), one of the few small-scale organic farms on the island of Montreal. Everyday, after working long hours, Jim would come home and read everything he could about agriculture. After two successful years managing production at FFS, Jim was hired at the Ferme écologiques D-Trois-Pierres, another organic farm in Montreal. There, Jim helped oversee the production of 400 CSA boxes and also worked with at youth risk who were part of the farm’s social reinsertion program. Working at D-Trois-Pierres not only helped Jim strenghten his agricultural skills, it allowed him to start sharing his passion for agriculture with youth. Seduced by the beauty of Outaouais in 2010, Jim decided to start his dream farm at the Plateforme agricole de l’Ange-Gardien, an innovative farm incubator project that helps young farmers start their business on rented land. Recently, we found our new little farm in Lochaber-partie-ouest! Jim is the power house behind the farm. A bit like a composer and conductor at once, he plans oversees all aspects of the farm and makes sure everything runs as they should… and always better!
 

Geneviève Grossenbacher, family farmer

IMG_0609Passionate about ecological agriculture and good food, Genevieve always worked to promote local organic agriculture in Canada and abroad. In University, Genevieve was a baker for a student-run vegan local organic cafe. She also founded a group that served free healthy meals to students at events. As soon as she graduated from Environmental Studies, Genevieve went to work on a farm in Havana (Cuba) where she promoted urban agriculture and managed a demonstration garden where she taught students how to grow food. Back in Canada, Genevieve coordinated a collective garden in Montreal and was soon hired as director of an Éco-quartier, a position she only left to focus on her true passion: agriculture. From 2007 to 2009, Genevieve coordinated Soup’s On!, an innovative project at Equiterre aimed at introducing local organic foods in daycares, schools and hospitals. There, Genevieve also co-wrote an educational kit named Soup’s On! as well as a storybook for kids (Kiko et le potager coloré) in order to help kids make more responsible food choices. Genevieve now works at USC Canada where she helps inform and mobilize the public on important food issues. In her spare time, Genevieve loves farming with her husband and her two young sons! Genevieve was recognized by Oxfam in 2012 as being a Female Food Hero. Gen is only on the farm part-time but steers the communications, marketing and business development on the farm.

 

Rachelle Gendron, production manager


Rachelle discovered farming was everything she dreamed it would be and more when she started working at Our Little Farm in 2012. With a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and a love of cooking, eating and preserving healthy fresh food, Rachelle is so grateful to spend her days nourishing mind, body, spirit, community and ecosystem through growing beautiful produce organically. She loves working with spreadsheets & science, sunlight and soil to harness the power of plants to feed people! Rachelle is an integral part of our family farm and a driving force in our field and greenhouse production!

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