The Régie d’Habitat Rural en Val de Sambre is an association which has for its mission (1) the social integration of persons that are far from employment and (2) the revitalisation of the neighbourhood. It is based in a farm called Forestaille which also hosts a social housing project.
The “Régie” is in charge of the management of the Forestaille farm site (woods, meadows and fields) and has set up, among others, training activities in vegetables production. The “Régie” adopts an agroecological approach that is at the heart of all its activities. In order to develop its market gardening activities, while professionalizing its training, the Régie worked on two axes:
- Relevant investments in infrastructures: greenhouse, tractor and cold room
- Development of its educational offer, through staff and trainees training
To carry out these activities, the Régie sought advice both within the Blue Green Futures partnership and, through external consultants. Subsequently, the development of market gardening will result in new production. The Régie is working in parallel at developing its commercialisation.
Maraichons pour l’insertion
Within Green and Blue Futures, the Province of Hainaut built up a partnership with three social integration operators who use market gardening as a tool for social integration of long term unemployed. Each partner has implemented specific pilot actions but also participates to a larger dynamic of networking and capacity building: MaraichonsPourLinsertion.
This pilot “Develop market gardening and socio-professional integration in a rural environment” was implemented by one of the three subpartners of province de Hainaut.
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