Le Paysan Urbain

Training of 10 people away from employment in urban agriculture

Le Paysan Urbain Marseille Métropole, a French association created in 2017, aims to promote quality, ecological, local and accessible agriculture and food. To achieve this, the association develops urban agricultural production sites that combine positive ecological and social impacts. Indeed, the association mobilizes employees in integration around its agricultural activities, maximizing their return to employment.

Located in Marseille's 13th arrondissement, in the heart of a cloister owned by the Apprentis d'Auteuil family, Paysan Urbain Marseille started its urban micro-farming activity at the end of 2018. They need to complete their technical equipment in order to offer quality products and develop their sales channels, ensuring the financial autonomy of this integration structure. 

The Head of the Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, Dominique Frérad, discovered the Marseille Urban Peasant Project in 2018 and had the opportunity to test their first micro-farms. He was very enthusiastic about the quality of the tested products, which represent a local alternative to the micro-pushes usually imported from the Netherlands. Thus, since the beginning of 2019, Chef Frérad has been buying exclusively from Paysan Urbain. 

The two main objectives of the project
- to reconnect the inhabitants of the surrounding neighbourhoods (QPV) to nature and the environment.
- to work on the professional integration of the employees on site.