Quebec Variety seed booklet 3 | Le Nutritionniste Urbain
Bernard Lavallée, the urban nutritionnist, has developped an interest for scientific vulgarisation through his carrier. Subject that he is the most interested in are sustainable eating, urban agriculture, food marketing, environment and eating behavior. Thus, it was just logical that he would offer a range of heirloom Quebec seeds so that the pleasure of gardening would match the pleasure of eating!
Seeds contained in this booklet:
PLOURDE TOMATO, CÔTE DE BEAUNE LETTUCE, AUNT ALICE CUCUMBER, GRANDMA DINEL BEAN
Behind every vegetable hides a story. This is probably the most fascinating thing when trying to trace the origin of old varieties. The testimonials collected allow us to associate a food with a specific period in Quebec. For example, lettuces would have arrived in New France at the same time as the settlers, although the Côte de Beaune is a little more recent. The Plourde tomato, the Grand-maman Dinel bean and the Tante Alice cucumber, for their part, date from the beginning of the 20th century. None of the creators of these varieties, however, is responsible for their dissemination. Rather, it was other family members who saw the invaluable value of these vegetables and shared them. It is this gesture of love for their loved ones that allows us today to taste this part of our heritage.
The seeds were grown in Montreal by the seed company Terre Promise without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and were harvested and selected by hand. They are free of rights and reproducible.