Miner Heritage Farm
100 Mountain Street
Granby QC J2G 6S1
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© MINER HERITAGE FARM
Purchasing the Miner land
In April 2007, following a municipal referendum, the City of Granby acquired the Miner family land (524 acres). The plots of land, which are located as you enter the city of Granby, have been of major interest to the citizens for generations. In fact, along with belonging to one of the most influential families in the history of Granby, this land has always been accessible to walkers. Fortunately, the municipal council had the foresight to enact legislation declaring a 252-acre sector in the centennial forest as a “conservation zone”.
The other 271 acres of land – which houses the ancestral Miner farm – was to be sold entirely to real-estate developers.
A farm that needed to be saved!
Realizing that the buildings on the Miner farm did not include the protected part of the land and were to be demolished for new housing developments, Caroline Gosselin, a citizen who is a Granby native, decided to start up community unifying project that would result in preserving and showcasing this heritage property. After receiving support from the Conseil des Monuments et Sites du Québec, Ms. Gosselin developed a social-economic, eco-tourist project for the 12.5-acre site.
To launch a project that is viable, well structured and credible in the view of elected municipal officials, Ms. Gosselin enlisted the help of high-level managers and diverse professionals, along with a team of citizens eager to lend a hand in getting the project underway. After studying the matter, Granby’s municipal council gave the group of promoters the go-ahead to conduct a feasibility study. On May 8, 2008, the Miner Heritage Farm was officially registered as a Non-Profit Organization (NPO).
The members of the Miner Heritage Farm Board of Directors are:
- President: Joanne Lalumière, Director General, Granby Zoo;
- Secretary: Pierre Leroux, chartered accountant;
- Treasurer: Juliette Gagné, Vice-president; SaniÉco;
- Adminstrator: Paul Bergeron, President; Corporation de Gestion des matières résiduelles de la Haute-Yamaska;
- Administrator: Jérémie Lacasse, Artistic Director; Agrumes Design
Feasibility study and agreement with the municipality
With a $40,000 grant provided by the Conférence Régionale des Élus de la Montérégie Est, a feasibility study was done from July 2008 to January 2009 by the Montreal firm Marie-Andrée Delisle et associés Tourisme-Conseil.
The study was in favor of moving forward with the project, and realizing the potential and the cornerstone-type aspect of such an endeavor, the municipal council adopted a resolution on March 2, 2009, authorizing the Miner Heritage Farm to begin its site-management project by signing a long-term lease with the organization.
The group of promoters of the Miner Heritage Farm, the citizens involved and the project’s partners are delighted by the support and enthusiasm that elected officials have shown toward the start-up of this unique social-economic initiative.
Social integration by working on the farm
We believe that, through its mission and its environmental and social values, the Miner Heritage Farm is an especially rich compost for the development of healthy lifestyles and personal and professional skills. This is why every year we offer, in collaboration with community organizations in the area, work internships on the farm to people having difficulty securing employment (physically or intellectually challenged, young high-school drop-outs, mental health problems, etc. It’s a win/win partnership for the farm and the interns. We are pleased to grow together and help in the development of our community.
Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himslf to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. Only then will the love of farm or country fill his heart.
~A. de St-Exupéry