Farming for others

Farming for others
Joel Bélanger and Alain Rodrigue, founder of the Garden of Hope. (Photo : Priscilla Allatt)

By Priscilla Allatt
Special to The Record

Lennoxville just happens to be home to a fascinating “Farmhouse” that hosts two organizations. The Garden of Hope, founded by Alain Rodrigue, has a mandate to grow food for local people in need. The Foundation for Farming, represented by Serge Lauzon, offers training programs about sustainable agriculture.
The Garden of Hope is relatively new to the Townships. Setting up base for the first time in Lennoxville this summer, Rodrigue and his right-hand Joel Bélanger occupy 49 gardening beds at the Farmhouse where they plant and grow vegetables that they later transform into meals for people in need.
The idea to prepare food for the less fortunate came to Rodrigue last year when the pandemic hit.

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