Pleins Rayons offers a variety of learning stations where apprentices can experiment with different tasks depending on their interests. These stations are part of two integration programs recognized by the Ministry of Education.
Thanks to the financial support of Pacte Rural, equipment and materials for a woodworking station were acquired.
Pleins Rayons developed a birdhouse-making and installing project aiming at attracting insectivorous birds, like bluebird and tree swallow, to naturally and ecologically control crop pests. The apprentices of Pleins Rayons are responsible for building and installing the birdhouses and collecting the data which are then passed on to the farmers and growers.
To date, more than 650 birdhouses have been made and installed in the Brome-Missisquoi region. We also provided birdhouses to municipalities and individuals from all over Québec. This project has positive environmental impacts as well, since it allows farmers, growers and municipalities to reduce their use of insecticides. To give just one example, the vineyard L’Orpailleur reduced by at least 70 % the quantity of insecticides used thanks to our birdhouses.
Our apprentices also made Bat Houses to provide these birds safe shelters, vital to their survival. Bats are excellent neighbours, because they help to control insects in the spring and summer. Pleins Rayons’ apprentices also made kestrels houses, a small falcon whose population has declined due to urbanisation and intensification of cultivation.
If you wish to do your part in the safeguard of endangered species by purchasing birdhouses, please call us at 450-263-5300!
Throughout the year, other woodworking projects are initiated such as the fabrication of cutting boards, oven rack push sticks, serving trays, candlesticks, etc. There is no shortage of ideas!
- $25 = Birdhouse
- $40 = Kestrels House
- $100 = Bat House
Each endeavor taken at Pleins Rayons has a direct impact in the community and allows the participants to grow, experience achievement, and most importantly, earn satisfying recognition.X
Pleins Rayons is constantly innovating as it seeks to offer quality services and activities for its apprentices. Also, each project has a positive environmental impact in the region through the recycling of material (bikes, wood, clothing, fabric, metal, etc.). For example, our bird house making project has made it easier for farmers to attract insectivorous birds.X
Meaningful projects give the apprentices the opportunity to gain practical socio-professional skills. The approach enables to build upon each apprentice acquired knowledge and strengths by aiming self-fulfillment through social inclusion or hiring. The apprentices can also express their creativity through our various services, helping projects, and items creation or restauration for our community.X