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Agri-food development

Chantier d'accès à la terre - Bedford Township farming site

MRC Brome-Missisquoi is offering up-and-coming farmers access to 31 hectares of farmland—12 hectares of cultivated land and 18 hectares of forest. This parcel of land is located in Bedford Township and was offered to the MRC to help new farmers in the area get their foot in the door.

The objective of the project is to set up new farmers on small plots under agreements that guarantee their access to land and shared services.

Several projects could be launched at the same time, grouped under a legal structure that allows for resource sharing. Uniting multiple farmers on a single site will create synergy, a real boon to their businesses. Some equipment—like greenhouses and tunnels, a space for sharing and packaging, and machinery and tools—can be shared, which will reduce purchasing costs,

While it’s not possible to offer housing directly on the farm, Bedford Town and Township are offering interesting opportunities that will in turn energize the local community. This promising project will generate growth in the area, another step toward stimulating the region and its local communities.

Project phases

Land acquisition by MRC Brome-Missisquoi

Spring 2021

Agronomic characterization and assessment

Spring 2022

Tillage and sowing of a permanent grassland

Summer 2022

Development of a forest land use plan

Summer 2022

Building assessments

Fall 2022

Fundraising to launch the farm motel

Winter 2023

Development of farm motel business and operating model

In progress – Spring 2023

Call for farmers

Upcoming – Fall 2023