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Implement market gardening and socio-professional integration in urban area - structural funding

The non-profit organization" Régie des Quartiers de Charleroi" jointly realizes two types of actions: on one side, those favouring the improvement of the living environment, the animation, the conviviality and the exercise of the citizenship, and, on the other side, those contributing to the social and occupational insertion of the trainees by offering them a formation supervised by a professional team.

The action focused on the creation of a training section of market gardening. The Régie first set up small parcels within the district for the production of vegetables. It studied and implemented the distribution of the production aiming at the population of the deprived area.

Therefore the Régie has realised the necessary investment in infrastructures and materials with the Interreg funding.

An important part of the Interreg funding has been dedicated to the wages of an experienced market gardening trainer for the creation of the section and the training of the trainees.

This training section was built from scratch.
All necessary hand tools were purchased as well as thermal tools.
The purchase of a greenhouse has allowed an extension of the production seasons.
Several vegetable containers were built by the trainees to develop the culture. This “out of the ground” culture was necessary because of soil pollution.
A van and a trailer were also purchased for the transportation of trainees and tooling as the main “Régie” offices are far from the parcels and tools could not be kept on site.