--May 9, 2012.
At QAHN’s 2011 annual general meeting in Quebec City, the Miner Heritage Farm in Granby was awarded the Richard Evans Award, which is presented each year to an organization or group of volunteers working to preserve and promote Anglophone heritage in Quebec.
Earlier this year, QAHN interviewed Caroline Gosselin, the general manager of the Miner Farm, to see how the project has progressed over the past year.
So far, the Miner Heritage Farm has completed renovations on the farmhouse, which now serves as the main office and coffee shop, and the dairy. The barn is the next step in the overall renovation project, which will eventually become the Farm’s main events centre. The hope is that, when completed, the barn will be able host exhibitions, seminars and classes, such as those for the culinary arts.
According to Gosselin, in addition to renovating the farm buildings, this year the Miner Farm will begin to collect various types of livestock. The administrators hope to have Chantecler hens, miniature goats, calves and pigs. In the near future, they also hope to acquire “major heritage breeds,” such as Canadian cows and horses.
The Miner Farm has already selected some produce to cultivate, including a wide variety of fruits and vegetables which are historically significant to the region or to the country. These include Thibideau de Beauce and Heritage Doré beans; St. Hubert peas; and a wide variety of tomatoes, such as the Quebec White Tomato, the Heart Shaped Tomato and the Montreal Tasty Tomato, to name a few.
The Farm will be open to the public on June 23, as a part of the Halte pique-nique, so that people can stop and enjoy healthy snacks and refreshments while they view the gardens and exhibits. Starting this summer the Miner Heritage Farm will have a small photo exhibit on the history of the Miner family and the old Pine Tree. The facility will employee 6 to10 people.
According to Gosselin, the largest setback to the project so far has been that, as a not-for-profit organization, the Miner Heritage Farm has had difficulty raising money for the costly renovations, which will exceed $2 million. That said, the organization has received significant financial support from the municipality and the province, including nearly $1 million which has gone partly to renovations and partly to operational costs.
Gosselin says that the Farm will seek to raise community awareness about what the site is all about through volunteerism, such as donations to the local food bank and participation in the Christmas festival at the Harvest Farm.
For more information on the Miner Heritage Farm click here.