Children to steal their vegetables

News 12 July, 2017
  • Photo special collaboration, Amélie St-Yves
    The box, upon which are seated a Jasmine Lafortune as well as young Zach Lacoste and Peyton Proulx contained vegetables that have been torn out recently.

    Amélie St-Yves

    Wednesday, 12 July, 2017 06:30

    Wednesday, 12 July, 2017 06:30

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    SAINT-AMBROISE-DE-KILDARE | unscrupulous people do not hesitate to steal the vegetables of a garden looked after by 400 primary school students in a school yard near Joliette.

    For a third year, the garden planted and maintained by the students of école Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix in Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare is stealing, and vandalizing.

    Apples are pulled out of the tree and started across, cucumbers mysteriously disappear, vegetables are torn off and left behind by earth.

    Worse still, the plants complete disappear with their tutor, and the kidnappers put the earth behind them. The responsible of the activity is certain that adults are involved.


    “The adults who come to steal the tomato plants must stop. It is the children who garden here, ” said Jasmine Lafortune, aka Mr. Garden, who oversees the activity. The garden allows you to grow 25 types of vegetables on a plot 80 feet by 25.

    It is particularly shocking to the young people’s day camp of the municipality, which make the maintenance during the two months of summer, before school resumes in September.

    “It pains me that all the world may come out of business, because it took us so much work “, said the young Peyton Proulx, 7 years.

    She loves to water the plants, while others take care to remove weeds, as Zach Lacoste, he too, is tired of being robbed.

    “It is tiring always having to push him away,” said the boy, also 7 years old.

    A box in the garden that contained plants of tomatoes and herbs, has been almost emptied by bandits this summer. A single plant is still there, the most sickly of the group, but it was stolen from his guardian.


    The garden allows children to day camps to have snacks in the summer. In the fall, the students of the school use the vegetables to make recipes, such as dips, chips and bruschetta.

    This past summer, there were so many flights that we had to turn to other gardens, and even go to the grocery store to keep the kitchen activities. The crop should be sufficient this year, but, for them, it’s got to stop.

    “Stop we fly, just ask us and we will be happy to give you,” says Jasmine Lafortune, who took the opportunity to raise the awareness of children to respect the other.

    This year, the host has hidden the potatoes through the other plants, because they have not collected a single in the past year.

    “They are gone with all the potatoes last year ! And I said to the children for months that they were going to make chips, ” said Mr. Lafortune.