Le Parti Poétique is an association of artists working to preserve nature, culture, and food. Their goal is to develop projects for their area by encouraging participation among local inhabitants. Since 2018, they have set up on a hectare of market garden land in the heart of the city of Saint-Denis called ‘The Sensitive Zone’ and have created a place for food production along with cultural and educational programming. This is truly a space to encourage environmental awareness and citizen participation. Different actions are carried out on this site:
- Raise awareness and production in the field of permaculture with the goal of at cultivating 250 to 350 species: flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables,
- Raise awareness and educate about nature thanks to various events around nature, culture, food, with schools and leisure centers …, taking place every year from March to October,
- Cultural activities: with the place being open every Saturday and totally free, it has been regularly scheduled for artistic and food events,
- Training in beekeeping, permaculture, and cooking,
- Training for refugees, carried out in collaboration with the Espero association for permaculture and the French language.
In 2020, the LINKTOGETHER Foundation has supported a Poetic Party’s project with two objectives: raise awareness among the local population and enhance biodiversity. This year of 2020 has welcomed 4400 visitors to numerous events organized on the site: 14 opening Saturdays, 23 cultural events, 31 educational workshops for children, adults or seniors, and 20 guided tours. Regarding biodiversity, 230 species have been cultivated and 4 tons of organic waste have been collected.
With the rise of the COVID crisis, the association has revised its objectives and adapted its programs to help people with difficulty near the urban farm. The association has maintained free cultural programs, organized cooking classes with open access to chefs as well as provided food aid by offering free baskets of fruits and vegetables to the most troubled families. In all, they have offered 3 tons of vegetables to local inhabitants.
For 2021, we wish to continue to develop Sensitive Zone as a community resource center for the area and a gathering place for solidarity.