Like all land, ours tells an intricate and detailed story. Because farming can’t be separated from the efforts of our predecessors or the future of our offspring, we play a balancing act between honouring the hard work of those that came before us and ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for those who will follow. Although the times have changed and the people and place along with it, we imagine that the feelings of triumph, struggle, and enthusiasm are the same as those felt years ago. We feel incredibly lucky to have to privilege of continuing age old traditions, to feel such a connection to the past, and to continue writing the story for those to come.
Our farm was founded in 1886 by the Chiasson family originally from Chéticamp in Nova Scotia. This, after hundreds of year of caretaking by the Mi’kmaq people. The family cleared the land and undertook sustenance farming, with diversified livestock (cows, pigs, sheeps) and cultures (grains and hay). The farm, handed down through the generations, expanded first into dairy production, then into beef cattle and in 1966, the Rogerville Agricultural Coop made it’s first appearance. With Gérard and Jean-Eudes at its head, the coop allowed cooperation between produces in order to harvest brussel sprouts on large swaths of land. Following the fall of the coop thirty years later, Jeans-Eudes moved onto pork Jean-Eudes began pig farming, while still maintaining cattle, cereal crops and hay on the family land.
Today, the farm is transitioning towards organic and/or agroecological agriculture by adding a market garden as well as a raising free range livestock, on pasture, and without antibiotics. Additionally, the farm’s partners have come together as a workers’ coop in 2018 in order to become Ferme Terre Partagée Cooperative based on common objectives and values of peasant agroecology and food sovereignty.
To enable peasant's who work the land to live sustainably from their production in the name of our communities' food sovereignty
What is peasant agroecology?
Peasant agroecology puts life at the heart of any intervention. It is a way of life based on transmitted, valued and shared practices, on values and common principles including human rights. Peasant agroecology by its philosophical, social, environmental and economic dimensions integrates all forms of ecological, organic and fair trade agriculture. It is today and tomorrow’s key to preserving humanity and the planet. It is based on humans’ right to water, food and land because they are fundamental and essential for life. All men and women, adults and children, rich or poor, rural or urban must be able to enjoy these resources.
Water and land are not only vital natural resources, but also part of our common heritage, whose security and governance must be preserved by each community for the common good of our societies and the environment, today and for generations to come. Water, land and seeds are common goods, not commodities. Land and water management policies must promote the achievement of social equity, gender equality, public health and environmental justice.
Source : Le manifeste de l'agroécologie paysanne de nyéléni. CIFAN, Selingué Mali, le 21 Avril 2017.
What is food sovereignty ?
La Via Campesina launched its political vision of “Food Sovereignty” at the World Food Summit in 1996. Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through sustainable methods and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It develops a model of small scale sustainable production benefiting communities and their environment. Food sovereignty prioritizes local food production and consumption, giving a country the right to protect its local producers from cheap imports and to control its production
Source : www.viacampesina.org