The Fermiers de la Francilienne association enables young offenders to work at two educational farms in Montmagny (Val-d’Oise) and Villetaneuse (Seine-Saint-Denis), alongside local volunteers and young people on civic service. This initiative encourages community living and contributes to providing local activities in these disadvantaged areas. Support from the Eiffage Foundation will go towards developing a market garden activity.
Launched in 2014, the Fermiers de la Francilienne association now operates two educational farms in Montmagny (Val-d'Oise) and Villetaneuse (Seine-Saint-Denis). With 250 children visiting the farms every day, they play a key role in providing local activities. In 2016, the two farms also welcomed 211 young offenders to remotivate them and support their integration. Carrying out community service or benefitting from a reduced sentencing scheme, the young offenders work alongside volunteers and young people on civic service for a range of tasks: looking after the animals, maintaining the farm, welcoming visitors, as well as sorting unsold food donated by supermarkets.
In order to accommodate more young offenders, the association is developing an urban market garden activity at the Villetaneuse site. Produce grown will be used to supply a solidarity restaurant on site.
The Foundation is helping with the development of this initiative (acquisition and installation of a greenhouse and various farming equipment), which is supported by Iswann Ali Benali, project manager at the Sustainable Development and Innovation department.
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