We are happy to welcome visitors to Au Petit Boisé from May to October to learn about how we operate as a community supported agro-ecological project. To satisfy the high demand for visits to our farm and accommodate the various needs of individuals and groups, we now offer three types of guided tours in both English and French.
General Guided Walking Tour
The General Tour entails a visit around our organic vegetable and herb gardens, fruit and nut orchard, mushroom patches, greenhouse, ponds, swales, ecological buildings, food conservation and storage facilities, and hardwood forest. Visitors are invited to bring their own food for a picnic lunch on the premises or take a dip in one of the ponds on a hot summer day.
Time: approximately 2 hours
Here are some pre-determined dates for the 2018 season:
June 10th: 10am to 12pm
July 29th: 10 am to 12pm
August 25th: 10am to 12pm
Fee: $15/person for groups of five people or more; otherwise $75 minimum. Negotiable for non-profit organizations and educational programs. Volunteer and internship opportunities also exist for those who wish to have a more in-depth learning experience.
Educational, Hands-On Tour
The Educational, Hands-On Tour is meant for high school, CEGEP and university students, as well as other interested groups of learners. The tour consists of a slideshow of images detailing the farm’s evolution, the above described General Tour, and a hands-on work project that will enable students to gain knowledge and skill through direct participation with the system’s development and maintenance. Hands-on work projects might include sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings, preparing raised vegetable beds with hand tools, harvesting vegetables, fruits, herbs, or mushrooms, chopping firewood, or any other task required on the farm at that particular time.
Time: 4 hours (30-minute slideshow, two-hour tour, 30-minute lunch break, one-hour work project)
Fee: $10/person; $150 minimum.
The Customized Tour is meant for individuals and groups seeking information and inspiration for the development of their own site, whether it be commercial, institutional, or residential. The emphasis of the visit can be determined by the visitor’s own needs and interests, focusing on overall system review or specific system components (i.e., water, gardens, orchards, etc.).
Time: 2 to 5 hours, depending on the needs of the individual or group.
Please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) ahead of time rather than just showing up so that we may arrange our work schedule with your visit.
Looking forward to meeting you!