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Don Himsel's 'Vocies': ‘I’m not so good with computers but I’m good with farming stuff’

By DON HIMSEL

Staff Writer

France Tardif began her day like many others, with a white plastic bucket slung around her neck with a length of rope, gingerly picking the season’s remaining blueberries from bushes at Durocher Farm in Litchfield.

That’s down the street from where she has lived since she came to the states from Canada. ...

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France Tardif began her day like many others, with a white plastic bucket slung around her neck with a length of rope, gingerly picking the season’s remaining blueberries from bushes at Durocher Farm in Litchfield.

That’s down the street from where she has lived since she came to the states from Canada.

Tardif’s accent is thick. She talks about her time on the family farm in St. Ephrem-de-Beauce, where the blueberries that they picked were wild, not cultivated.

“They were tiny, tiny, tiny. When I first moved here and I saw the size and quality and taste, I was in heaven,” she said.

The farm supported her family with all of their food. “We butchered meat, we grow the potatoes,” said Tardif. “I think you have to teach the kids those things.”

The children in her family now help her on her own garden, picking the cucumbers and zucchini. She says she tells them what to look for and how to pick.

“I’m not good with computers but I’m good with farming stuff,” she said.

“I’m starting to see the change, it’s rubbing in on them, my tradition of doing things,” said Tardif. “I’m happy, I’m happy the kids do that.”

“They ask questions, especially my oldest grandson Noah,” said Tardif. “He’s always asking questions about when we were brought up. What did we do? We go to the fair I know all of the things they have at fairs because I was brought up with all of that. So to them it’s a thrill. So it’s fun.”

Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590 or DHimsel@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Himsel on Twitter (@Telegraph_DonH).