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Quebec City’s Disappearing Agricultural Land

As agricultural areas are snatched up and transformed into new housing developments, one farmer keeps fighting.
There were always a few holdouts that anchored the Quebec City area in its agricultural roots, chief among them a congregation of nuns. But that all changed in 2014.
There were always a few holdouts that anchored the Quebec City area in its agricultural roots, chief among them a congregation of nuns. But that all changed in 2014.Calvin Woodward/AP

In his 65 years, Denis Bédard has watched a city grow up around his Quebec City family farm.

Beauport used to be a rural area home to dozens of vegetable farmers. “There was no urbanization at all,” says Bédard, owner of Ferme Bédard et Blouin. “The 1960s is when it all started.”