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Hélène Tremblay-Boyko

Hélène Tremblay-Boyko

Agro-ecology

Al Boyko and Hélène Tremblay-Boyko have been farming on the Boyko family farm since 1989. In the beginning, it was strictly conventional grain. Then, in 2000, they were certified organic with OCIA. They grow primarily wheat and oats, but also add rye, flax and plow-down legumes in the mix. In 2007, they purchased a section of pasture land and began to raise certified organic, grass-fed beef. This created a more sustainable cycle for improving the land. Now, they have added hay land to the crop rotation and cut and bale it to feed the cattle. Hélène has served on various boards and committees furthering the ideals of organic and regenerative agriculture. More recently, Hélène has become increasingly involved in a social justice NGO, Development & Peace, which has led to her growing involvement in the agro-ecology movement. Participating in the COP 21 Conference on Climate Change in Paris, last December, and the World Social Forum in Montreal, in August, has galvanized her desire to see this model of agriculture take root in the imaginations of all farmers and consumers.

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