Nourrir la ville : quelle place pour les jardins ?

Feeding the cities, what about gardens ?

The aim is to initiate dialogue between actors and researchers in the context of the development of Living Earth and the research work of the Frugal program. Thus, Scop Terre vivante wanted to open up to research issues through the work of the Grenoble Alps University, close to its concerns and in particular the work undertaken by the UMR PACTE in a program financed by the Region , INRA and Europe (EAFRD): Frugal (Urban Forms and Food Governance). In this way, the idea of ​​a scientific and field event on the renewal of the gardener in Isère was germinated. The idea is to identify the main trends in this evolution and, if the need arises, to perpetuate the reflection by annualizing the manifestation.



The organization of these meetings is coordinated by several partners:

• The Esprit Trièves association, which ensures the general animation of the project, in close connection with:

• Scop Terre Vivante, which organizes the first day of meetings between actors and researchers at the Domaine du Raud in Mens;

• the EPLEFPA of Saint-Ismier, which organizes the evening-debate open to the public;

• UMR PACTE (Université Grenoble Alpes) and its experience from the Frugal program, which provides support for the logistical organization of the event.



The vegetable garden is now being reinvested in a particularly visible way in many countries in Europe and North America, mobilizing civil society around (re) emerging practices and bringing the political actors to account for new issues in the definition of their territorial policies. This "garden renewal" is particularly noticeable in urban centers where emerging from the 1990s new forms of collective gardening that fulfill the functions of food production, social bonding and environmental awareness. In the space of twenty years, the garden has been integrated into urban governance as part of the sustainable city.

Although the researchers concentrated on urban gardening, they did not analyze rural areas as if the phenomenon were exclusively urban. However, the countryside has been reorganizing in a particularly rich and complex way for more than twenty years and the functions of the rural garden are also redefined.

In this context, the University, Scop Terre Vivante and various people and associations gathered to organize a colloquium on new practices, the new purposes of gardening, the expectations of the populations and the responses of the elected representatives.



The event will be broken down into two parts:

• A symposium reserved for the public concerned: actors, associations, networks, elected representatives ... at the Center Terre vivante in Mens (Isère).

• A debate evening at the Saint-Ismier Horticultural School, open to the general public at the EPLEFPA site in Saint-Ismier (Isère).

Fixed date: Thursday, October 19, 2017



9H00-10H00: reception - general animation: Claude Brand, expert in the valorization of local know-how and their articulation with research.

General Introduction :

- Olivier Blanche, CEO of Terre Vivante and Pascal Aspe, director of the Living Earth Center, witness and actor of the renewal of the gardener.

- Bernard Pecqueur, researcher at the Institut de Géographie Alpine: presentation of the Frugal program and the problems associated with the gardens issue.


10H00-12H30 Round table 1: "The gardens, a land reserve"

- 5 mn: introduction of Gérard Leras, former regional adviser in charge of land in the Rhône-Alpes region.

- 30 mn: Philippe Pointereau, Director Solagro, scenario Afterres-2050.

- 20 mn: Daniel More, Land of ties, co-president of the Rhône-Alpes region: situation in the Grenoble region and the Terre de Liens simulator.

- 20 mn: Jérôme Dutroncy, Métropole Grenoble, Vice-President for Environment, Air, Climate and Biodiversity.

- 45 mn: debate.


12: 30-13: 30 Lunch offered by Living Earth


13: 30-15: 30 Round table 2: "Gardens and food"

- 5 mn: introduction of Marie Arnould, editor-in-chief of the 4 Seasons of the organic garden, Living Earth.

- 25 mn: Nicole Darmon, University Aix-Marseille / Inra: the gardens vectors of the autonomy of the families or the usefulness of the gardens in terms of pedagogy to food well-being.

- 25 mn: Daniel Cérézuelle (Pades - self-production and social development program - researcher in sociology): self-production and social development.

- 20 mn: Meriem Fradj, association Le Mat in Valence: gardens and social innovation.

- 45 mn: debate.


15H45-17H45 Round table 3: "Taking gardens into account in agricultural and food policies"

- 15 mn: introduction of Serge Bonnefoy, Terres en villes.

- 20 mn: Christophe Ferlin, director of green spaces, biodiversity and landscapes of Annecy Ville Nouvelle: the Annecy experience.

- 20 mn: Maxime Marie, University of Caen, PSDR4 Frugal: contribution to the food system of domestic vegetable production - case studies in Rennes, Caen and Alençon.

- 15 mn: Jean-Christophe Dissart, researcher at the Urban Planning Institute of Grenoble: study on gardens within the framework of the Frugal program.

- 45 mn: debate.


17H45: completion of work

18H: Departure for the Horticultural School of Saint-Ismier

19H30-20H30 Buffet offered to the participants of the colloquium by the lycée of Saint-Ismier

20H30-22H30 Evening debate at Saint-Ismier high school "Can the garden feed the city? "


General animation: Marie Arnould

- 10 mn: reception by Mrs Labaune, Director of the EPLEFPA in Saint-Ismier and Olivier Blanche, DG of Living Earth.

- 15 mn: introduction of Pierre-Antoine Landel: build quality relationships between gardeners and researchers.

- 45 mn: dialogue between a researcher and a practitioner, "Can the garden feed the city? "With Daniel Cérézuelle, Scientific Director of the Pade Program for Self-production and Social Development, and a researcher in sociology, and Pascal Aspe, in charge of the gardens of Terre Vivante.

- 45 mn: debate.


Contact coordination and registration (before Friday 29 September 2017)

Benoit Delhorme