Roger and Carmelle Richard
La Ferme Pouce Vert/Green Thumb Farm has undergone significant changes since its founding in the early 1900s. Starting as a family subsistence farm, it was turned into a cattle farm in the 1950s and then switched to Brussels sprouts in 1975, the same year that Roger graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro and took over the operation. After 16 years working in Bathurst for the Department of Agriculture, he decided to devote his full time to vegetable farming in 1990. Today, it is not unusual to find three different generations of the family working at various tasks on the farm as Roger’s son, Denis, age 24, becomes more involved in the farming operation.
La Ferme Pouce Vert/Green Thumb Farm has 12 acres of various vegetables in rotation with buckwheat, grains and hay and 6 acres of strawberries for U-Pick. Ferme Pouce Vert delivers baskets (CSA) of fresh produce to its customers over a 15-week period from mid-July through late October. The baskets are available at designated locations in Rogersville, Saint-Ignace , Saint-Charles, Saint-Louis and Aldouane.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a concept which links consummers to local farms. Members buy a share of the produce at the beginning of the year and receive a box of food every week through the season. They can share the risks and rewards of farming and gain a better understanding of the real cost of their food, while knowing that they are investing in their local economy, culture, and food security. CSA also lets the growers focus on healthy, bountiful crops during the season as opposed to concentrating on mass production which reduces the quality of food.
- Friday, June 14 2013 Tunnel growing at Green Thumb Farm
It’s products are sold at the farm stand and at Mr. Tomato in Rogersville and Richibucto, the Rogersville and Saint-Louis-de-Kent Co-ops and numerous nursing homes in the region as well as at other farm stands throughout southeastern New Brunswick, including Really Local members.
Products are also served in several schools of the District Scolaire Francophone Sud and the Anglophone East School District.
- Strawberry U-pick
- Tours of farm and production tunnel with appointment
The season starts in early July with strawberries and runs through November with a range of vegetables.