Fete des Plantes Fontroide

Fete Plantes Frontfroid



14ème édition de la Fête …

Plus de 50 exposants !
Le grand rassemblement ‘jardin’ de printemps du Sud de la France

fetedesplantes2016Le temps d’un week-end, plus de 50 exposants, pépiniéristes, producteurs, présenteront un large éventail de plantes méditerranéennes, de plantes rares et exotiques, de vivaces, de roses, et de fleurs très variées.

L’art de vivre au jardin est bien sûr à l’honneur avec une sélection d’objets de décoration, outillage, ouvrages, mobilier de jardin…

S’instruire, échanger avec des conférences sur l’aromathérapie, les plantes mélliferes, des ateliers de rempotage, les conseils pratiques…

Le jeune public sera invité à participer à de nombreux ateliers associant terre, végétaux, constructions…

Et Randonnées du Massif en partenariat avec la LPO…
massif promenade corbieres
Fontfroide s’inscrit dans le vaste paysage de son massif où il fait bon randonner. Parcours à la découverte de la nature sauvage, de la faune qui y habite, de la croix qui surplombe l’abbaye…

Cette manifestation est devenue une ‘Classique’ attendue des amateurs de promenades en pleine nature sauvage et préservée sur différents sentiers balisés.



Entrée : 7,50€
Gratuit jusqu’à 18 ans

Horaires : de 10h00 à 18h00

We have been invited to attend, and will do so with pleasure, on bit of advice is to get there early as the road onto the abbey can get a little crowded. The Fete des Plantes attracts 45,000 people over the three days, which makes it the largest plant festival in the Aude, with over 50 plant sellers selling our products there is a huge range of plants, trees, and herbs.

For more information on the festival, and the Abbey of Fontfroide have a look at their website Abbaye de Fontfroide

Foire Plantes et Nature Prades

The Foire Plantes et Nature de Printemps in Prades is on Sunday 17th April, from 9am to 5pm

Foire Plantes et Nature


This lovely little plant and environment festival marks the beginning of our season. It is a sweet melange of organic and conventional producers, soil makers, herb dryers and transformers. Our good friend Manu Bernier from La Cabane du Berger will be there selling her wonderful organically certified herb based sirops, cosmetics and herbal mixtures. Out new neighbour Sevrene, a conventional plant grower also based in Maisons will be joining us. As well as plants there is a bar and food served throughout the day, and a few, sometimes distinctly odd displays and musicians performing to amuse and bemuse.

I am slowly trying to put together a calendar of events we will be attending,  it is a work in progress see here Event Calendar 2017

French Organic Market 2016

The French organic retail market has passed the 7 billion euro mark in 2016, according to the annual Agence bio, a clear 20% growth year on year compared to 2015.

The annual Baromètre Agence BIO / CSA survey indicates that nearly 9 out of 10 people, 89%, have bought an organic product in the last twelve months, with 69% buying organic products at least once a month, and a hard core of 15% who use organic products every day. This 15% is a huge 50% increase from the 19% in the same survey in 2015.

After a year of headlines about the on-going crisis in the French agricultural sector, and with avian flu gripping the country the Baromètre Agence BIO / CSA survey revealed that over 82% of the French think it is important to continue the development of the organic agriculture sector, and 83% of those surveyed saying that they have a high level of confidence in organic certified products.

When questioned about their understanding of general role of organic products and products. The strongest impact stated was environmental, with 92% believing that organic agriculture is better for the environment that industrial farming techniques, 89% believing that organic produce are more ‘natural’ than those that use synthetic chemicals, 88% saying that they think organic products are better for your health, with 80% believing that organic products guard their nutritional qualities better than industrial products, 70% agree that organic products simply taste better.

The general understanding of exactly the organic regulatory regime has also improved. 91% of those surveyed knew that Genetically Modified organisms are banned under organic regulations, and 71% were aware that colorants and artificial flavoring are also taboo. The fact that organic certification means followed strict procedures with at least one annual control by the certification body was also known to 82% of those questioned. 87% also were aware that organic rules ensure a higher decree of animal welfare and a better quality of animal feed.

Motivation of French Organic Consumers

When questioned about their motivation in buying organic as usual the belief that organic products are better for your health headed the list, 66%, good for the environment, 58%, better quality, tastes better, 56%, that organic products are safer/less likely to be contaminated, with 28% quoting animal welfare as their driving motivation.

What they buy

What people buy has not changes much year in year out, even while the French organic market grows. Fruit and vegetables continue as the largest category, followed by milk and it’s derivatives, yogurt, butter and cheese, organic eggs, and in fourth place general groceries such as pasta, rice, with meat coming in fifth. This is no real surprise as it also reflects those categories with the least organic premium in the lead, with the highest premium coming last. The strict organic rules in animal density and fodder regulations will always ensure that there remains a large price difference between, for example a cage raised, hormone fed chicken, and an organic, free range alternative.

Where they buy

The French organic retail market continues to be dominated by the large and medium sized retail operators. Specialist organic shops, while growing, we now have both a Bio Coop and a Vie Claire in little old Lezignan Corbieres, still are frequented by 31% of organic consumers as opposed to 80% who buy their organic produce from the big boys. Markets, 28%, and artisans such as organic bakers, 41% and farm gate sales, 18% play a small but important role.

Eating organic produce outside of the home has also seen a small explosion. Local government , mainly Departmental and Municipal, initiatives have seen a rapid growth in organic food being used in workplace canteens, schools and colleges, retirement homes and state and trade union run holiday camps.

The European Organic Market

According to research done by Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Agricultural Market Information Company (AMI) in association with IFOAM EU. The EU wide organic market in 2014 represented just over 26 billion euros, lead by Germany, France comes in second place ahead of the UK.

For the full IFOAM second edition of Organic in Europe: Prospects and Developments 2016. (PDF) can be downloaded free at http://www.ifoam-eu.org/sites/default/files/ifoameu_organic_in_europe_2016.pdf

For more information on the Baromètre Agence BIO / CSA survey you can see the headlines at http://www.agencebio.org/communiques-et-dossiers-de-presse

and download the entire report in PDF form here http://www.agencebio.org/sites/default/files/upload/AgoraBIO/dp_bio_barometre_val.pdf

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