Emily Board is one of the farmers who run la ferme coopérative Tourne-Sol in les Cèdres, Quebec (45 minutes west of Montreal). The farm is a workers’ cooperative made up of five farmers and one apprentice working twelve acres of land rented from organic grain farmers. In any year, 5.5 acres (2.2 ha) are under a wide range of vegetables, flowers, herbs and seed crops, and three acres (1.2 ha) are in cover crops. www.fermetournesol.qc.ca
Seed saving brings our farm further down the path to sustainability. Flowering seed crops surround our vegetable fields. The seed crops buzz with pollinators and beneficial insects, and provide refuge for toads and birds. We have created a more complex agro-ecosystem by growing some of our own seed.
When the five of us started our farm in the fall of 2004, we decided Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) would be the core component.