The ‘Point Vert’ experience - test areas for beginners in market gardening

Creating a testing area for young entrepreneurs wishing to work in organic market gardening or horticulture, where they can receive training and advice.

Project summary: 

The Local Action Group (LAG) Pays des Condruses provides free access to land for young entrepreneurs, for a period of 18 months, as well as training and advice on organic market gardening or horticulture. Test areas between 0.1 ha and 1 ha are available where they can improve their skills and start their business. The LAG has assigned a part time project manager to coordinate the scheme. Partnerships with local and regional service providers are also established to provide technical and advisory services to the new entrepreneurs.

Project results: 

Between 2013 and 2017, the test area hosted 11 candidates, of which, 6 started successful organic farms in the area.
This initiative is the first one in Wallonia and has proven efficient both in terms of socio-economic performance, as well as of local development, since it enables young talents to remain in the area.