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Pioneer Case

Urban farm supplying school canteens and managed by the municipality – Mouans-Sartoux Régie agricole du Domaine de Haute Combe – Mouans-Sartoux

A short description of the NBS project

The project has two complementary components: 1°/ An urban farm: vegetable production (surface of 4+2 ha) and food processing Supply the school canteens of the city (around 1200 meals) => 85% of the fruit and vegetables consumed 2°/ A territorial project: Environmental education Help to farming development (farming land protection by modifying the local urbanim plan, subsidizing creation) There are four main objectives: -[Organic] food production -Supply school canteen with organic food products -Local food network -Environmental education 2sd rank objectives: Research/experiment, social dynamic

NBS Implementation context
Location France, Mouans-Sartoux
Latitude 43.626312
Longitude 6.968143
Status Project delivered
Dates 2010.0
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale neighbourhood
NBS Impacts scale neighbourhood
Urban density/ Soil consumption low (suburb at the limit with rural areas, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
if other
NBS Typology
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NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Other 0;
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Other 0
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0;
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Other 0;
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Other 0;
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 0;
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0;
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0;
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? A public institution, a local organization (city or metropolitan)
Contracting Authority Mouans-Sartoux municipality
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved Mouans-Sartoux municipality services
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project. 1°/ Inhabitants 2°/ People directly employed in the project (farmer, technical coordonator of the project)
Cluster Governance Model Description
Global Estimated cost of the project 200k€- 1M€
Cluster cluster1_public_financing
FM Other
Description of the financing mechanism The urban farm is partly financed by the families contribution to the canteen, and partly by the municipality.
Business Model
Class Type Description
OrganizationalRe-purpose the business for society/environmentThe BM is based on the ownership and the management of the whole chain of supply of vegetables of the municipal school canteen, by the municipality.
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation short (immediately to few months)
Expected life time of the intervention more than 30
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought The farm has been extended
Success and limiting factors
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Governance_driversSelf_governanceGrassroots_and_transitions_initiativesA continuity of the environmental engagement at the municipality scale. (Introduction of organic food at the canteen from 1999, etc.)
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_barriersUncertaintyOperation_unknowIt was a quite innovative project, therefore it was difficult to get the experience and the feedback of pre-existing cases
What makes this project a pioneer?
Field The_implementation
Brief description of the innovativeness One of the only cases of urban farm directly managed and governed by a municipality.
Has the project received a prize, an award? "Zéro phyto 100% bio" (awarded in 2015, category city from 5000 to 15 000 inhabitants, national level)
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.) Brochen Philippe, 2016, Les cantines mettent du bio dans les épinards, Libération, 3 mai, pages 20-21. Faure Isabelle, 2014, Mouans-Sartoux, une régie agricole pour approvisionner ses cantines bio, Nature&Progrès, n°99, pages 18-19.
IM Keywords
  • urban farming

  • local initiative

Website of the MEAD (Maison dEducation à lAlimentation Durable): Mouans-Sartoux Municipality, 2017, Eating organically and sustainably in Mouas-Sartoux, Press Release (Claudel Julien), 5pages. Pérole Gilles, 2017, À Mouans-Sartoux, une restauration collective issue intégralement de lagriculture biologique depuis 2012 - In Mouans-Sartoux, a municipal catering entirely coming from organic agriculture, Agronomie environnement & société, Vol.7, n°1, pages 119-121.