8:00 PM-8:00 PM
11 May – 15:00 – 20.00
Discover and join in Paris the local event created by the Paris Pilot!
An event – at the crossroads of a seminar and a debate – dedicated to urban agriculture, and more specifically to the French Method.
Paris has not always been an abundant (and polluting) industrial basin. As surprising as it may seem, in the 19th century the Ile-de-France basin was a fertile and innovative breeding ground.
The French Method represents a set of specific techniques and agricultural knowledge from this period that enabled this territory to achieve an exceptional level of output.
Much more than a simple catalogue of techniques and practices, the French Method is a philosophical positioning combining art of living, horticultural design and relational aesthetics (man/plant, plant/plant, man/man).
→ What remains of this knowledge and these tools?
→ How, and to what extent, is it possible to reactivate this heritage in the current urban context?
→ Is it possible to put these practices back on the agenda while associating cutting-edge technologies (AI, robotics…) while preserving the essence of this approach?
This is the theme of the French Method event: rediscovering the methods and techniques of the 19th century under the light of speakers specialised in the subject; whether they are researchers, professors or experienced market gardeners.
We invite you to join these speakers and discover this subject in a friendly and inspiring environment: the Fab City Hub!
-Jean-Michel Roy – doctor in history, ethnographer and consultant – specialist in Parisian market gardeners
– David Colliaux (remote) – researcher at the SONY Computer Sciences Lab – is developing an AI to synthesise the market gardening guides of the time to derive an operating manual that can be activated today.
– Sébastien Goelzer – co-founder of Vergers Urbains and Toits vivants
– Alexandre Mézard and Vincent Guimas – coordinators of the Parisian pilot of the CENTRINNO programme.
– Peter Hanappe – researcher at the SONY Computer Sciences Lab – head of the Sustainability department
– Messrs Kersanté, Gravet and Hernandez – retired market gardeners
– Rodolphe Sabatier – researcher at INRAE
15.00 – Welcome of the public & Introduction
15.30 – CONVERSATION : Sébastien Goelzer & Jean-Michel Roy – Bye bye urban agriculture, welcome the “French Method”
16.10 – CONFERENCE: Jean-Michel Roy – “Once upon a time, the French Method
16:30 – CONVERSATION : M. Kersanté, Hernandez & Gravet – Testimonies of the last market gardeners of the “French Method
17.15 – CONFERENCE: David Colliaux & Alexandre Mézard – How to make this plural agricultural heritage readable?
17.30 – CONVERSATION: Peter Hanappe & Sébastien Goelzer – Robotics for urban agriculture and experimental farms, a winning combination?
18h30 – CONVERSATION: Christian de Carnavalet & Vincent Guimas – The French Method tomorrow: economic interest and response to future challenges
19:00 – Aperitif – Discussion!