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Réseau Cocagne

Field of intervention
Economical development
Supported organization
Réseau Cocagne
Country and localization
France, Vauhallan (Essonne)
Supported people
32 people in difficulty
Project helped in
2012-2013
Amount of the support
52,000 euros

Training and insertion program of people in precarious situation market gardening and hospitality careers.

Réseau Cocagne was formed in 1999 as an umbrella organization for the “Jardins de Cocagne”. The first “Jardin de Cocagne” was set up in 1991 as an organic market garden to promote social inclusion and employability. There are helping socially vulnerable people to find employment and build (or rebuild) a career in market gardening.

In 2012, Réseau Cocagne built a national center called the Maison Cocagne at Vauhallan on the Saclay Plateau, near Paris. This new multifunctional facility incorporates the head office of the organization, as well as a demonstration site and seminar venue, but most importantly, acts as a training and accommodation center for the Jardins de Cocagne themselves. In order to welcome all the people who will come here to attend training courses at the Maison Cocagne, the organization builds accommodation buildings and a teaching restaurant called the Table de Cocagne in which the organization trains people in difficulty in hospitality careers.

In 2012, the Accor Foundation* supported the acquisition of essential farming equipment to help the creation of the national center of Réseau Cocagne. In 2013, the Foundation* supported the training program of 17 people in difficulty in the accommodation buildings and in the teaching restaurant.

* In 2013, the Accor Foundation became Solidarity Accor.

The project holder
Pierre Eyraud
General Manager Novotel Saclay

« For me, this project is very important, because it highlights human values, such as welcome, insertion and training, as well as because of the link it knits with our activity. »