After 30 years of research, the federal government is shutting down the Hervé J. Michaud experimental farm in New Brunswick on Monday.

Ottawa said it will stop funding the12-hectare farm near Bouctouche.

But Kent Coates, president of Really Local Harvest, says the farm plays a significant role in advancing sustainable farming practices and studying fruit and vegetable production.

Data from the farm, along with special growing methods, was shared with farmers around the Maritimes.

Researchers at the farm also introduced new varieties of plants, including honey crisp apples.

"We're losing the infrastructure that really helps farmers with important decisions with respect to which varieties or vegetables, or apples or different varieties we can grow. I find it disappointing that we're also losing the ability to have cutting-edge technology and new methods to increase profitability in our sector," said Coates.

Really Local Harvest, a co-operative of 30 farms in the province, is working with the New Brunswick government to try and take over the research farm.

A proposal will be ready in June.