From a career as a football player to that of a market gardener for Nicolas Boulay

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From a career as a football player to that of a market gardener for Nicolas Boulay

Nicolas Boulay played in the Canadian Football League.

After a seven-year career in the Canadian Football League, with the Alouettes and the Ottawa Rouge et Noir, Nicolas Boulay embarked on market gardening in Orford. In the space of a year, he created Les jardins de Jacob, an ecological universe where the use of water is limited and where vegetables grow freely.

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The former football player is passionate about his new environment. Jacob's Gardens, Orford, are fenced with garlic, lavender and oregano. Thus, no deer dares to venture there. These are all things that deer are not going to like. We keep them away that way. Visually speaking, no fences, it looks very nice.

There, the ground is damp thanks to decomposing wood. It is therefore not necessary to water. The logs that decompose, in essence, will feed our soil for 20 to 25 years. It is a concept that needs to be used especially in a world where we are leaving, which will run out of water, said Mr. Boulay.

The former Vert et Or had a great career in the Canadian Football League, which influences him every day. All things in life that are worthwhile, you have to work for. That's the secret to happiness, he thinks.

Despite his young age, his son Jacob greatly influenced the project. Jacob was an inspiration for Les jardins et tout. It's for sure that he also helped to mourn football and to say that I want to spend time with him.

Nicolas and his family live from selling vegetables at his self-service kiosk on Bice Road.

“People pay whatever amount they want, but amounts are suggested to them. It means that we can offer good food to anyone. »

— Nicolas Boulay, former Alouettes and Rouge et Noir player

Mr. Boulay also specializes in the production and sale of microgreens. The profitability of the farm goes a little bit through this concept for us. For the past few months, he has also been producing honey with 14 beehives. Most of it is to pollinate our plants. Anything zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, they're all plants that need to be pollinated, he explains. Additionally, he sells three to four dozen eggs a day.

“My whole career, I' I was the guy not fast enough, not strong enough and who had to take double bites. So, working hard on a project like this that's close to my heart isn't too much to ask to work seven days a week right now. This is not a problem. »

— Nicolas Boulay, former Alouettes and Rouge et Noir player

Nicolas Boulay thinks that he is partly building the future of the x27;world agriculture.

From the report by Jean Arel

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