En este momento estás viendo 3rd workshop of the French RAIN in Commes, Normandy

3rd workshop of the French RAIN in Commes, Normandy

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On Monday 17 June, the French agroforestry network of the AF4EU project met at the Tiers-lieu de l’Arbre in Commes, Normandy.

With a group of farmers, advisors, stakeholders, etc., they worked on creating the dissemination materials that will be used in the project. After working on the topics that will be selected for the creation of practical abstracts and factsheets, Tsoukalia presented the work carried out over the last two months, with a presentation of the farms documented and the documents that will be created following these interviews. They worked then on the DSS and reworked the value chains in order to validate them. Finally, they discussed the training of agroforestry advisors and people wishing to take part in the test.

The afternoon was devoted to a visit to the Le Jardin de deux’main farm by Guillaume Haelewyn. Guillaume Haelewyn, a happy farmer and organic agricultural engineer, set up Le Jardin de deux’main in 2017 when he took over the 2.85 hectares of the family farm bought by his grandparents in 1971 for agroforestry market gardening, fruit and eggs. They chose to set up a cooking workshop using the fruit and vegetables from the Jardin de deux’main, called Tambouilles. Since 2019, they have also been training more than thirty trainees and there is an average of 4 of them working at the Garden. More than 200 varieties of organically grown vegetables are grown here. Most are grown on permanent mounds interspersed every 12 metres with rows of fruit trees, mainly dwarf pear and apple trees. Over 200 families enjoy eating their produce every week! What’s more, depending on the season and the demand for organic eggs, they keep either 110 or 220 free-range laying hens in a meadow shaded by Norman apple trees. Finally, they also grow a wide range of fruit, including strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, apples, pears, cape gooseberries, cherries, plums, quinces, and soon blackcurrants, redcurrants and blackberries.