The Proulx family is among the greenhouse producers leading a small revolution in Québec agriculture. In seeking to grow an exotic fruit like the fig in defiance of our harsh winters, La Vallée du Moulin is part of an even more important project: finding the recipe for increasing Québec’s food self-sufficiency.
It’s a dream in which we at Hydro-Québec are keen to play our part. “The pandemic has put food self-sufficiency in Québec in the spotlight,” says François Desautels, Account Representative at Hydro-Québec. “It’s clearly an issue the public feels strongly about.” Indeed, this was one of the main wishes that Quebecers expressed in the Collective Energy consultation.
To encourage this kind of agriculture, a new rate option has been available to greenhouse producers since December 2020. “We started looking at more ways we could help them. Our clean energy can help their business to thrive.” And what is brewing at La Vallée du Moulin could prove to be an essential ingredient in the recipe.