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Mental health support in the farming community receives donations totalling $10K

The Fédération de l’UPA de la Montérégie held its eighth annual meeting dedicated to the psychological health of farmers and their families on January 30. During the meeting, donations totaling over $10,000 were presented to the non-profit organization Au Coeur des Familles Agricoles (ACFA).

The funds, which were raised by four area businesses and groups, were donated to support the organization which provides mental health resources for the agricultural community, and to ensure the continued employment of two frontline workers who accompany farm families across the region.

Josée Lajeunesse, of the Domaine du Paysan horticulture centre and farm in Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, raised over $4,240 for the cause. A portion of the funds came from her Récoltons l’espoir campaign, which donates $1 from every rosemary product sold throughout the season to the fund to maintain frontline workers.

Lajeunesse also collected donations during the gourmet festival she organized at her farm last August. Only in its second year, the annual festival brought together regional agricultural producers, gourmet processors and businesses, and organizations associated with farming. “The issue of psychological health is very important to me,” explains Lajeunesse. “I am touched by people’s generosity and the involvement of other associations in the psychological health of farmers,” she added, noting she was especially grateful to have been able to raise this amount for ACFA.

 

Over $10000 was presented to the Au Coeur des Familles Agricoles AFCA organization on January 30 by area organizations Included in the photo from left are Rachel Sauvé of the Syndicat de lUPA de Vaudreuil Soulanges Stéphane Bisaillon the second vice president of the Fédération de lUPA de la Montérégie and president of the psychological health committee Carianne Lemire of the Association de la relève agricole de la Montérégie Ouest Marie Ève Riendeau the president of the Agricultrices de la Montérégie Ouest as well as Samuel Gosselin the executive director of ACFA and Josée Lajeunesse the co owner of Le domaine du Paysan PHOTO Fédération de lUPA de la Montérégie

 

The Association de la relève agricole de la Montérégie-Ouest (ARAMO), as well as the Agricultrices de la Montérégie-Ouest took part in the gourmet festival to raise funds for ACFA. The organization in support of area women farmers brought in $750 from the sale of cotton candy during the event, while the ARAMO was able to donate $528 from the sale of grillades at the festival.

“It is a duty for our organization to become involved in causes like psychological health, which affect families in our region in one way or another,” said Marie-Ève Riendeau, the president of Agricultrices de la Montérégie-Ouest.

Carianne Lemire, an administrator for the ARAMO, agreed, suggesting their organization took the availability of mental health resources for farmers to heart.

The Vaudreuil-Soulanges syndicate of the UPA also raised over $4,500 for ACFA during its annual Saint-Éloi festivities in celebration of the end of the season. Over 206 individuals participated in the harvest festival, which took place on December 9 at the Cabane à Sucre Marc Besner in Coteau-du-Lac. (SR)

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