Hi, I’m Joé Desjardins, director for Fierté Agricole. I grew up on a milk farm in Abitibi and from the age of 11, I started my own Holstein dairy farming. I got a DCS in dairy farming then studied in Farm management and Technology at the Macdonald Campus. During my studies, I got involved in Rainbow Mac, the campus’s LGBT club and branch of Queer McGill that was also part of the student association.
Over the years, I worked at different milk farms, then I worked for Valacta as a TPL, for Premier Choix Agricole as an assistant manager and for Alliance Boviteq as a farm worker. I also worked part-time for the Serres Pinards et Frères as well as the organic vegetable farm Ô Jardin de M. Plante. I am involved with the Relève Agricole Lotbinière-Nord and more recently with the Club Brown Swiss Québec. Between all this, I work at the Ferme M&M Desrochers in Sainte-Croix as herd manager, with my life partner. The farm currently has nearly 60 cows, five of which are Brown Swiss, two are Ayrshires and the rest are Holstein. My passion for agriculture goes far beyond dairy farming as we also have a few laying hens and I take care of the garden. This summer, bees will come forage our fields and flower beds.
I have been a member of Fierté Agricole almost since its inception, organizing activities. I am responsible for communications and the Facebook page. I took part in two parades, was present at kiosks during the Montreal Pride community days and the Quebec City Pride Festival. This allowed me to talk about my passion for rural life and agriculture and their LGBT reality. Thank you for believing in me during all those years!