Christophe Collini is one of those who has changed how he lives in order to give meaning to it. A former executive at Siemens in Morocco, he has replaced the commotion of big cities with the chatter of birds. Now, the only constraints that weigh on him are those imposed by the seasons.
The urban farm craze is finding fertile ground in New York, where 10 young entrepreneurs are learning to grow greens and herbs without soil, bathed in an indoor, psychedelic light.
At the end of 2016, René Kersanté retired, putting down his hoe and pitchfork and leaving his four hectares of land to lie fallow. After a call for projects by the city of Saint-Denis, the Parti Poétique and the Ferme de Gally were selected to take the relay.
Yesterday was the start of an event organized by student associations at the Grandes Écoles in Paris, in partnership with the Confédération Paysanne and Les Amis de la Conf’. Alimentation Générale decided to give the students the lead. They spoke about protecting seeds and what are called ‘heirloom’ breeds. (Article in French)
The vogue of organic products has benefited Jean Hervé, a small manufacturer in the Berry Region and pioneer in the processing of dried fruits, who this year opened a second factory in Boussac (Creuse), dedicated to sweet products and a new line of chocolates. (Article in French)
It was in 1920 when the grandmother of René Kersanté moved to the town’s limits between Saint-Denis, Stains, and Pierrefitte. She had a little parcel of land, a little house, and little comfort. The house has remained modest, the comfort without luxury, but the rashes, lettuces, and spinach have quickly come to occupy, on a full-time basis, the 3.7 hectares held by the City of Saint-Denis. (Article in French)
The sun has barely risen over the Bay of Paimpol (Côtes d’Armor). But Julien Robin, a strapping 32-year-old, is already at the helm of the Gwenn-Mor, ready to take to the sea to bring up several 100 crates of lobsters, a popular delicacy during the end of the year. (Article in French)
Élodie Germain and Delphine Dubois are two ‘chouettes’ (cute and cool) girls. This is exactly why they launched Les 3 Chouettes, a small family business…. Because in their thirties, their dream was to revolutionize the food industry…. (Article in French)
France has tens of thousands of amateur beekeepers, but for the 2,000 professionals who live from their harvests, the job is more and more like that of a breeder, relying on research to protect their pollen gatherers from new risks. (Article in French)
Agriculture holds the double distinction of being highly vulnerable to climate change but also offering a solution to the problem, they say.