submitted by Paul Cormier
RANA Development Inc. of Kemptville deeply regrets to announce the sudden and untimely death of Michel Alarcon, the inspired originator of the idea to develop an eco-agricultural research centre in North Grenville. Originally slated for the land now destined by the province for a prison, the North Grenville Centre for Agricultural and Environmental Technologies was planned to be a Public-Private-Partnership (P3) between Agritech Alliance Canada and the Municipality of North Grenville as well as the involvement of First Nations. The plan included projects related to: Vertical Farming, Dairy research and development, development of the equestrian centre, an Aquaculture operation (a fish hatchery), active use of the W.B. George building for shows and exhibits and an agricultural museum for the region, among others. Mr. Alarcon had attracted a “green” investor and the entire set of projects was to support North Grenville’s vision as a ecologically responsible municipality. The plan also included a phased turn-over of the Centre’s land back to the municipality, so that the original footprint of the old Kemptville College of Agricultural Technology might be re-instated. Mr. Alarcon’s vision, energy and wisdom will be acutely missed by his friends and colleagues in a world struggling to achieve a balance between agriculture and the protection and enhancement of our environment.