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Accompaniment cohort

WINTER 2022 

Discover the participants!

In 2022, Récolte Collective, in collaboration with Esplanade Québec, launched a new program to support projects with high potential for social impact in food systems.
The program aimed to accelerate the transition to a more local, sustainable and ethical food system.

Mauricie Récolte

PROBLEM

Due to the increase in economic uncertainty and the rise in food costs, people in the Mauricie region living in vulnerable situations, both in rural and urban areas, have increasingly difficult access to fresh and healthy food.

MISSION

To support, mutualize and finance the services of harvest initiatives in the 6 MRCs of the territory through the development of a market component (complementary products and services).

IMPACT STRATEGY

Increase access to fresh and healthy food, especially for people living in vulnerable situations in the Mauricie region, with agricultural surplus.

PROJECT LEADERS

Jescika Lavergne, François Bernier, Magaly Macia, Marie-Andrée Trudel, Pascal Baril-Sabourin et Marie-Michelle Savard

"The Collision + Collectif Récolte program taught us that the value proposition has to start from the customer's needs. You have to ask yourself where the value proposition is, what makes you different from your competitors." - Jescika Lavergne
"The Esplanade and Récolte team was helpful and available, always there to help us." - Josée Poirier Defoy

Collation pour tous !

PROBLEM

Access to healthy snacks (fresh fruits and vegetables) is difficult (logistically and economically) for people living in vulnerable situations in the Outaouais. Yet, this access is essential for the academic success and health of families, seniors and newcomers.

MISSION

Provide year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables snacks to children and food security organizations in Gatineau through the use of unsold or harvested fruits and vegetables from the fields of participating farmers and grocers.

IMPACT STRATEGY

Feeding 1300 school children healthy food every week, while reducing food waste by diverting unsold fruits and vegetables from landfills.

PROJECT LEADERS

Josée Poirier Defoy, Stéphanie Dubois

ÁCARA Agri-Smart

PROBLEM

Agri-food entrepreneurs have difficulty accessing financing because of the complexity of the process and the difficulty of demonstrating the rapid profitability of their activities. This situation represents a barrier to entry and to the sustainability of their project.

MISSION

ÁCARA Agri-Smart removes barriers to entry to enable agribusiness founders to start, grow and sustain their businesses. Their platform of consulting, equity-free capital and climate intelligence enables entrepreneurs to create new revenue streams, through direct connection to investors and carbon credit trading.

IMPACT STRATEGY

Support the start-up and expansion of agri-food projects by connecting entrepreneurs to their ecosystem, to build a more resilient agri-food industry, firmly rooted in a sustainable strategy.

PROJECT LEADERS

Auky Gonzales, Bruno Vergniol

"We met several people through the cohorte, including the people from Esplanade and Récolte, who are always willing to help introduce us to others who can help!" - Romane Lalonde

Marché Ahuntsic-Cartierville

PROBLEM

Current market options are not fair and equitable to urban agriculture producers, or if they are, they will not be accessible or attractive to consumers on a price and year-round basis.

MISSION

Improve access to fresh, healthy, local food for all by offering an online store through MAC that will give producers more visibility and reduce their delivery costs. The store will also make it easier to reach consumers living in vulnerable and food insecure situations.

IMPACT STRATEGY

To improve food security in vulnerable communities, support urban agriculture, and improve access to local food and products.

PROJECT LEADERS

Tania Sharkey, Romane Lalonde

La Dépannerie

Société Saint Vincent de Paul de Montréal

PROBLEM

Low-income and vulnerable residents of South Central affected by food insecurity are limited in their access to a variety of healthy products, which affects their health and their power to act on their food.

MISSION

A solidarity grocery store open to all, which promotes physical and economic access to fresh fruits and vegetables. More than a simple food store, the solidarity grocery store wants to fight against food insecurity and to stand out by its social integration dynamics.

IMPACT STRATEGY

Promote social inclusion, respect and collective action to fight social isolation and offer an alternative to traditional convenience stores, while educating users on healthier eating habits.

PROJECT LEADERS

Arthur Devos, Ginou Pierre

Ma Belle Terre

PROBLEM

In Quebec, farmers or producers with local and responsible models have difficulty launching their projects or sustaining their activities. As a result, the food autonomy, diversification and sustainability of the sector are at risk.

MISSION

Ma Belle Terre is a niche socio-financing platform, entirely dedicated to sustainable agricultural and food projects in Quebec.

IMPACT STRATEGY

To give life to dozens of projects per year and mobilize an entire community around its mission: to be an actor of change for a more sustainable, local and diversified agriculture and food in Quebec.

PROJECT LEADERS

Erwan Dufour

Marché mobile

Verger Patrimonial du Témiscouata

PROBLEM

Market garden producers and food processors in Temiscouata have difficulty reaching the local population to sell their products. At the same time, the population of Témiscouata has difficulty accessing fresh, quality, locally produced products.

MISSION

The Marché Mobile connects producers and citizens and facilitates access to fresh and healthy food staples for citizens in the rural areas of Temiscouata.

IMPACT STRATEGY

Implementation of a system allowing the population to meet the producers of Témiscouata and thus participate in the food autonomy of the region.

PROJECT LEADERS

Yaël Steck

"Our mentor gave us concrete tools to move forward. We felt like she had a real understanding of what we were going through!" - Yaël Steck

Projet collectif en sécurité alimentaire

Volet glanage et inclusion sociale

PROBLEM

The organizations working in food security and the people in a situation of food insecurity in Sherbrooke are experiencing difficulties in obtaining fresh and local fruits and vegetables.

MISSION

The Volet Glanage et Inclusion sociale aims to organize harvesting and pre-processing activities of surplus or category 2 fruits and vegetables in the vicinity of Sherbrooke, in partnership with organizations working in social inclusion.

IMPACT STRATEGY

Implement structuring intersectoral actions aimed at increasing food security, optimizing the valorization of unsold goods and increasing social inclusion.

PROJECT LEADERS

Anne-Catherine Pilon

MENTORS

Ariane Gagnon-Légaré

Founder and developer, CO-PO

Ariane is passionate about our collective transition to sustainable living. She is especially interested in our food, in which she sees the potential to reduce our ecological footprint, build social justice, strengthen communities and have fun! Since 2018 she has been developing CO-PO, community supported preserves, a project to make local and organic fruits and vegetables accessible year round through canning.

Dimitri Espérance

Co-founder and executive director of Collectif La Dal

Dimitri Espérance is the co-founder and executive director of the Collectif La DAL. It is a group of Saint-Henri residents who operate a self-managed grocery store.

Katherine Vanda

Communications consultant 

Katherine Vanda is a communications specialist with over 15 years of experience in public relations, writing and event management in the health, travel, lifestyle, business and food industries.

Kristen Gingera

Owner at Les Fermes Cheeky Creek 

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Nathalie Collin

Project manager of the collective Les Complices alimentaires

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