Combines sustainable development, responsible consumption and professional integration for the unemployed
In 15 years, the Reseau Cocagne became a social economy and solidary leader. In the organic vegetable production, it combines sustainable development, responsible consumption and professional integration for the unemployed.
In 1990, a new kind of market garden appeared. Its products are organic and its gardeners are people in need of social and professional integration. Every week, it sells basket of vegetables to consumers who are members of its network.
Founded in 1999, Réseau Cocagne now has more than 120 gardens throughout the country. Around 25,000 baskets are produced every week by the 4,000 gardeners who have integrated the network and their 700 supervisors. The network is now diversifying into the restaurant and catering businesses under the brand name Planète Sésame.
After this work experience, 48% of the gardeners find a job or enter a job-training program.
The Bettencourt Schueller Foundation has been involved in the latest challenge facing Réseau Cocagne: the creation of a new model of vegetable garden and a multi-activity site on a 45-acre farm on the Saclay Plateau.
Our approach is social, economic and environmental.
Jean-Guy Henckel, founder of Réseau Cocagne