Fermes D’Avenir

Louis-Albert de Broglie and Maxime de Rostolan, an environmental engineer, created an agro-ecological micro-farm (Microferme en agroécologie) in 2013 at the Château La Bourdaisière, next to the National Tomato Conservatory, inspired by the permaculture system.

Permaculture is based on agricultural and social design principles centered on replicating patterns and characteristics observed in natural ecosystems. It is shown as an alternative to industrial production.

It is an agriculture that does not use chemical inputs or machines and aims to create a sustainable production system, economically viable and socially fair that promises to increase the supply of local products.

This pilot project, run by the NGO Fermes D’Avenir, which is supported by large companies such as Philips, Metro, Casino, BPCE group, Neuflize bank, scientific institutions such as AgroParisTech, HEC, and the French Ministry of Agriculture, is a way of showing how this farming method is not only healthier and sustainable but also cheaper.

The project generated a manifesto (published in October 2016) that focuses on the positive externalities of ecological micro-agriculture.

The association thus advocates the development of farms with production of quality food and production lines, on a human scale, based on:

  • observation of natural and local ecosystems
  • production under a biological label, without the use of phytosanitary chemicals
  • regeneration of ecosystems and biodiversity
  • solutions prefiguring a carbon-free society and limiting water consumption
  • the pedagogical role of sustainable diets and the pleasure of a healthy diet