An evolving craft
the world-class cheese being produced in Canada.
The Canadian Cheese Grand Prix is sponsored and hosted every two years by Dairy Farmers of Canada, celebrating the high quality, versatility and great taste of Canadian cheese made from 100% Canadian milk.
“Canadian cheese makers from coast-to-coast are producing top quality, impressive cheeses,” said Phil Bélanger, Canadian Cheese Grand Prix jury chairman. “The diversity we saw within the 19 categories really showcases how evolved this craft has become in Canada. From aged Cheddars to organic cheeses, cheese makers from across Canada are taking it to the next level and are the envy of other cheese making nations.”
The Canadian Cheese Grand Prix began in 1998 to promote achievement and innovation in cheese making and to increase appreciation for fine quality Canadian cheese.
TheEdible Garden: A project by student-volunteers from École SaintAntoine
Since fall 2010, student-volunteers, people involved in the Borough of Lennoxville, and other partners have maintained an edible garden at the corner of Speid and Hunting streets next to the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre.
The first phase, begun in the fall of 2010, was to develop plans and prepare the mound of earth that would become a garden. The following winter, the children conducted research to find information on edible plants with the goal of planting the garden in the spring of 2011. A rainwater recuperation barrel was also installed in May to water the garden during summer and avoid wasting city drinking water.
The student-volunteers prepared the dirt to plant the shrubs and plants that were generously donated by the school’s parents or were purchased in local greenhouses. The garden was officially inaugurated on Friendship Day in June 2011 with Bernard Sévigny, mayor of the Ville de Sherbrooke, in attendance, as well as the project’s various partners.
The following autumn, a second phase was begun to expand the rest area. Then in spring 2012, vegetation was planted on the north side of the small park. The students on the edible garden committee worked very hard to sow all the new plants before their summer holidays. They also needed to water about every two days because the sun is harsh on newly sown plants! Some of the children who attended the day camp were also responsible for watering the garden during summer. It was a wonderful team effort!
Last fall, we harvested the garden’s vegetables, berries, fresh herbs, and rhubarb, and enjoyed tasting the delicious fare! The students were delighted to see that their crops could be quickly consumed so soon after planting!
This project was very motivating for some and rewarding for all those involved! Even students in a particular program attending the Triolet high school took part and made birdhouses that will soon decorate our wonderful edible garden!
On behalf of myself and the student-volunteers at École Saint-Antoine, I would like to thank all our partners: Eric Akbar Manolson and other volunteers from Townshippers’ Association who came to visit us and offered very informative workshops; Yael Filipovic of Bishop’s University who submitted some very creative projects; Les Amis de la terre who designed our garden while respecting our numerous constraints; and Judith Gagnon, Section Chief, Recreation and Community Life for the Borough of Lennoxville, who supported us throughout our wonderful project to develop an edible urban garden!