Collective Milkweed Harvest
What is this harvest about?
Milkweed is a plant native to Quebec that grows naturally on our farm. Every year, at the end of summer, we harvest its pods. We love to share this moment with our friends and we have decided to open this activity to anyone who wants to come to the farm to share this experience with us.
We harvest milkweed in a sustainable way: we pick it after the monarch butterfly caterpillars have completed their metamorphosis and always leaving at least 2 pods on each plant.
Why do we harvest milkweed?
The milkweed pods we harvest have three parts: fiber, husk and seeds. Milkweed fiber is recognized for its thermal and sound insulating properties, which make it an ideal plant insulator. The seeds are replanted and the husks composted.
We are still in the research and development process of separating and processing milkweed pods and we currently don't have any income from this harvest. Thus, we want to thank all those who will come to help us harvest by offering them dinner and a guided tour of the farm that day.
Join us on September 18 or 25 2021 (exact day to be confirmed depending on the weather and the maturation of the milkweeds) from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at L'Alpakiade.
To bring with you:
- Reusable water bottle
- Hat or cap
- Gardening gloves
- Long pants and long sleeves
- Hiking shoes
Book your place here and we will email you the official date of the activity within a few weeks.