Traditional agriculture is giving way to urban agriculture, which has the potential to create new jobs. In Paris alone, it is estimated that more than 3,000 urban-agriculture jobs could be created.
The CultiCime project run by Espaces forms part of this movement that seeks to recreate agricultural jobs, which have the advantage of being social and inclusive.
Since the launch of the CultiCime project in 2016, a total of 29 project employees have received training in urban farming methods. The training combines practical and theoretical skills in sustainable urban market gardening in order to provide some guidance to trainees and enable them to become independent and, ultimately, find a job.
The association’s 1,500 m2 plot of land is used to grow vegetables, kitchen herbs, small fruit, hops and edible flowers.
At the end of 2018, out of 25 employees who were part of the CultiCime project:
people had found a job
people were still training with Espaces
people were looking for work
CultiCime employees grow around 30 plant species without using any chemical inputs, in accordance with agro-ecology and organic-farming principles.
Urban market gardening helps promote sustainable agriculture while also improving the environment of local inhabitants. The CultiCime project preserves biodiversity, favours the drainage of rainwater and reduces urban heat islands.
In addition, the project’s fruit, vegetables and edible flowers are sold to people who work in local businesses. The short distance between the plot and the place of purchase minimises pollution from transport and responds to a growing demand for environmentally-friendly food.
The Air Liquide Foundation contributed to the purchase of market-gardening equipment.
Thanks to the Foundation’s assistance, the head market gardener works for the CultiCime project on a full-time basis.