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Supply in short circuits: vegetable farms will be built in Le Havre

The observation is simple! On the territory of Le Havre Seine Métropole (Seine-Maritime) which includes 54 municipalities, 65% of which is agricultural land, “these are rare and expensive”, explains Christian Grancher, the vice-president in charge of agriculture and ‘food. “In addition,” he adds, “they are mainly exploited for major crops such as potatoes, flax and beets. Over the years, we have realized that we are not very independent in terms of food on the Pointe du Havre when we have to provide 275,000 meals per day. To meet the EGalim law, we have a lack of short circuit. So, how do you bring back market gardeners? Son and grandson of a farmer, Christian Grancher, also mayor of Cauville-sur-Mer, knows what he is talking about.

So, since 2014, the community has launched a major plan around players ranging from farmers to distributors. The roadmap began with the purchase of a market garden farm to make a test area, by aid for the acquisition of second-hand equipment for young farmers or by the construction of the Intercommunal Local Urban Plan (PLUI) ” for a land strategy with zero artificialization ”. A few weeks ago, an innovative initiative has also just entered the system: the Green Belt.

Of course, it is not a question of surrounding the point of Le Havre with a green belt: the Green Belt is a start-up which already operates in other Metropolises such as Valence, Pau and Limoges: “It offers support. the development of market gardening near cities by creating new turnkey farms with the establishment of local governance, explains Mélanie Briand, the head of the agriculture and food division. Here, it will be a cooperative society of collective interest (SCIC) – with public and private investors -, which allows, against a monthly contribution, to alleviate for young market gardeners who wish to settle the financial weight of the production tool such as buildings, tunnels and irrigation systems. They will also benefit from reinforced technical support by specialists and professionals already in place. This is a first in Normandy and we are very much observed by our neighbors. “



will be created over five years

Le Havre Seine Métropole is supported by the Regional Chamber of Agriculture, SAFER (Société d’aménagement foncier etablissement rural) de Normandie, Crédit Agricole Normandie Seine and NaturaPÔLE (public establishment which offers educational training, through apprenticeship and for adults in areas related to agriculture and the rural economy as a whole). The urban community has just entered the capital of the SCIC to the tune of 100,000 euros with the aim of creating 20 farms in five years: “We are in the foreshadowing phase. It is open to all contributors, even individuals, insists Mélanie Briand. What is predominant today is land mobilization. Municipalities have positioned themselves because they have plots available. The model area is 2 ha. The first three farms will be operational in the fall in Montivilliers and the first vegetables will be harvested in spring 2023. ”

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