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HSL haskap producer is voted outstanding in provincial field

Each year the Agricultrices du Quebec organization holds a province-wide contest, called the Concours Coup de coeur, to highlight women who have made an impact on the agricultural community. In a normal year, a gala would be held to announce the winner of the award; however, this year an online vote was opened to the public to determine who would be awarded the prize. Over 5000 people voted, and the first-place winner was awarded $2000.

 


Nathalie Lacroix was all smiles as she left the UPA office in Saint-Remi having just learned she had won the Agricultrices du Quebec’s Coup de Coeur award. PHOTO: Facebook Nathalie Lacroix

 

The award was given to a Valley resident, Nathalie Lacroix, who runs a farm with her family in Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague. The farm, Petits Fruits St. Louis, produces haskaps – a rare kind of berry that very few farms grow. Lacroix worked extremely hard over the past year to expand the business and raise awareness of her farm. She worked with a tight budget and through the struggles of the pandemic to create and market various haskap products, which are now available in many shops across the region and beyond.

Though it was certainly different for her to be part of an online ceremony and be granted an award from behind a computer screen, Lacroix was still extremely excited and grateful to have won. In a Facebook post she emphasizes that she was awarded the honour through everyone’s support, and thanks all who voted for her.

 

 

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