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Entertainment Seine-et-Marne: Alice Fumagalli, farmer and market gardener, shows her organic farm

13:35  27 february  2021
13:35  27 february  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Alice Fumagalli, qui produit des légumes bio à Larchant, se trouve confrontée à la difficulté de trouver des terres pour s’agrandir. Elle désherbe ici son rang de fèves. © Faustine Léo Alice Fumagalli, who produces organic vegetables in Larchant, is faced with the difficulty of finding land to expand . Here she weeds her row of beans.

She is not a farmer but a peasant, claims Alice Fumagalli, market gardener in Larchant (Seine-et-Marne). At 34, she closely cultivates her love for the land and her profession. Proof of this is when it weeds its rows of beans with a smile. "I want to feed people, have an income and a decent working time without this implying harmful consequences on our environment," she defends. I also work for the well-being, mine and that of those around me. Agriculture is politics, in the noble sense of the term ”. For ten years, she was employed by a market gardener before going out on her own, in organic farming and now selling her produce in the village on Friday evenings or via local Amap.

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Finding land to cultivate without being from a farming family was not easy. Convinced that popular pressure can make it possible to change the mode of redistribution of plots, she opens this Saturday, as part of a "Farm Show" the doors of her small hectare where all year round she looks after leeks, apples. of earth, carrots, salads and other cabbages. "It is up to citizens to be agents of change," she says.

"We want to show that settling down is complicated, but not insurmountable," argues the regional spokesperson for the Confédération paysanne. However, the bodies that distribute the land should not be based on industrial production as if we were very well equipped. I am offered 2 hectares, but with my way of working, I cannot. "

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It has a very small tractor and help from auxiliaries such as ladybirds against aphids. “We don't add any, we favor their presence,” she explains. We plant hedges, we set up insect boxes. »

To breathe a little of her fifty hours a week in the fields, Alice is in the process of teaming up with Rémi. It is a precious help for the one who also makes bread with the hectare of wheat that she grows. Always with the idea that feeding everyone as closely as possible is more than necessary. “In Ile-de-France, a quarter of farms have disappeared in ten years. Ile-de-France residents consume few locally produced vegetables. There must be more farms to feed the Ile-de-France, ”she insists.

And for that we also need seeds adapted to the Ile-de-France climate, strongly affected by the change, between drought and floods. "We are setting up a House of seeds to exchange seeds between Ile-de-France farms which also have a local footprint, ie more suited to the weather conditions here," explains the 30-something.

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The program for this weekend

Saturday. Chez Alice Fumagalli (market gardening) rue de Dame Jouanne in Larchant (77), Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, farm tours and vegetable tasting.

Chez Pierre-Nicolas Grisel (poultry farm) 36 bis route de Fontainebleau to Milly-la-Forêt (91), Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., farm visits by reservation in small groups at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Registration: contact@loreedemilly.fr

Chez Johann Laskowski, La Houblonnerie Ile-de-France called la Houf (houblon) at the Ferme des Clos in Bonnelles (91), Saturday February 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a visit to the hop-farm at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. farmer's market from 3 p.m. Farm shop open continuously.

Le Potager de l'Epinay, 1 Rue de la Mare, Orcemont (78), Saturday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, with farmers' market from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, stands of the mobile slaughterhouse "Le boeuf éthique" and of the association "Children and trees", visit of the main greenhouse and farm animals.

Sunday. Chez Florent Sebban and Sylvie Guillot, Sa Pousse farm (market gardening), 31D route de Granville in Pussay (91), Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Discovery of an organic farm in peasant and citizen agriculture. Visits to the farm, the dryer and the processing laboratory. Tasting of a soup with seasonal vegetables.

Chez Valérie and Eric Sil, (outdoor sheep and pig breeding) Lieu-dit Beaumont in Valpuiseaux (91), Sunday February 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Farm tours and discussions around open-air breeding and itinerant pasture.

More information on: Ile-de-france.confederationpaysanne.fr

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