A dozen Centre-Manche families are taking on a biodiversity and food challenge

In France, according to the WWF association, food alone accounts for 30% of our ecological footprint. Faced with this observation, the Cotentin and Bessin Marshes Regional Nature Park, together with the Community of Communes of the Central West Coast Canal, have decided to take an initiative a challenge for families in Centre-Manche. On the program for six months: joint excursions and small thematic exercises. This weekend the participants were at Hubert Angot’s farm in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte.

Exchange of best practices between participants

All participants are already heavily involved in environmental protection, but they wanted to learn more, do more, so they accepted this challenge. Everything in family. “We do activities outside, we can make friends” says Marceau, who came with his mother Cat. A mother who appreciates being able to discuss best practices with other families. “For example, we will do permaculture,” She explains, “So we exchange plans at the vegetable garden level.” Next to her Caroline, who adds: “It allows us to exchange ideas because we don’t know everything, we are often in our bubble.”

And the goal of this challenge is out of sa “Cops” but close to home because the core is the reduction of environmental pollution short circuit consumption. “There are many things we don’t know” See Yoko, “Edible plants that we have nearby, producers that we don’t know, if we could get a lot more local produce, if we knew the network, the area better.” It is precisely these local resources that the organizers want to discover by challenging them.

Six months of fun challenge to better respect the environment

On the weekend program: visit to a farm and its local and organic grocery store in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte.
On the weekend program: visit to a farm and its local and organic grocery store in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte. © Radio France
Sarah Saltiel-Ragot

Aline Marie works at the community community, Marie-Noëlle Drouet at the regional park and they coordinate the project. Families are formed into teams. We find, for example, that of the “Semi-Crispy” or the “Gourmets of the Swamp”. The two organizers lined up joint activities with the participantslike here in this farm shop in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, and in between small intermediate challenges. “There they have until April 30th to see the exhibition ‘I eat therefore I am’ in Coutances”, says Aline, and a question is asked to earn points for the challenge.

A program that was also built with families explains team captain Sophie: “The idea is also to discuss with the families what they need. We gave them a questionnaire at the beginning to find out what their habits were and what they wanted to develop.”

Settlement occurs at the end of the challenge, which is scheduled for late August, early September.

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