Julia Turpin shared through our website the project "La Ferme du Rail" or Railway Farm.
It grew out of a desire of local people & community organisations in Paris to develop a space that would combine urban farming with social solidarity.
It tackles the ecology, economy & social pillars of sustainable development.
The aim of the project is to build a fully integrated urban farm, located at the edge of the "Petite Ceinture", a former railway surrounding Paris, with:
- 15 social reintegration housing units
- 5 social student housing units
- an unheated productive greenhouse
- a restaurant open to the public
- a mushroom-growing cave
- a permaculture garden
It was selected within the framework of the "Réinventer Paris" call for projects.
Its objective is to minimize the need for energy, food & financial resources by implementing a circular economy.
It develops short-circuit market gardening activities that valorize the city's organic waste & integrate vulnerable people & horticulture students from the École du Breuil.
It generates services & agricultural production, creating new jobs.
The site's construction was meant to be frugal, low-tech, innovative, performing. It was thought of as a learning opportunity about ecological building materials (wood, straw) & reused materials - recycled textile as insulation, reclaimed bathroom tiles & stone roof pavers.
The project defends a model of a sustainable, social & united economy linked to the interdependence of the project's actors & the inhabitants. Individuals with different skills are called to reinforce each other for the benefit of the neighborhood.
The farmers offer to the district: collection & treatment of local organic waste or unsold goods, market gardening, organization of workshops & events, including maintenance services for green spaces in the area. In the restaurant, products from the farm & partner farmers are served. The site also hosts discussions around alternative food & nature in the city.
Neighbours, all Parisians & commuters, can benefit from La Ferme du Rail freely.
? La Ferme du Rail © Myr Muratet
- Publication date
- 23 May 2021