Parisculteurs in a nutshell

In 2016, the City of Paris created the Parisculteurs program to facilitate and accelerate the installation of agricultural projects in Paris. The idea is to find sites - rooftops, walls, parking lots, open lots - and to give farmers the opportunity to establish their production in Paris.
Since the creation of Parisculteurs, more than 50 projects have seen the light and just as many are under development. Paris now has more than 30 hectares of agricultural land within city limits and is becoming a leader in this field.

The starting point

In 2013, a study by the Atelier Parisien d'Urbanisme (APUR) determined that 80 hectares of rooftops had the potential to accommodate green infrastructure in Paris, including for urban agriculture. Rooftops are urban greening spaces of interest not only for their size, but also because they are not impacted by urban soil pollution, which can constrain the realm of possibility for urban agriculture.

In 2014, urban agriculture projects already occupied approximately 11 hectares in Paris, almost all established by the City of Paris (e.g., educational farms, community gardens). These projects were primarily located in open spaces or lots, whereas agriculture projects on buildings only occupied 0.3 hectares – in this area, everything remained to be done.

Finding sites for agricultural projects, a collaborative approach

Parisculteurs leverages a collaborative approach through partnerships, with the aim of finding sites across Paris, and recently the broader metropolitan area. The "100 hectares" charter currently has 82 endorsing partners committed to urban greening and the development of urban agriculture. Many of them have offered sites for the Parisculteurs public tenders.

Parisculteurs public tenders

Public tenders for Parisculteurs consist in identifying and enlisting sites, on land owned by the City of Paris or its partners, and make them available for agricultural projects carried by third-party organizations (non-profits, companies, start-ups, etc.).

The public tender cycle for Parisculteurs includes the search for sites suitable for agricultural projects, site selection, a competitive bidding process to retain an organization capable of carrying out a project that is appropriate, realistic, and adapted to the site, and support in the establishment and management of the project.

This approach allows for the establishment of a great variety of projects, both in terms of their aims (productive, recreational, participatory) and cultivation methods (greenhouse, open ground, underground, etc.).

Going beyond public tenders

In addition to establishing and supporting projects, Parisculteurs also carries out an outreach and communication strategy aimed at landowners, established or future urban farmers, and the general public, in order to raise awareness and provide training opportunities (e.g., workshops on urban agriculture, urban farmer toolbox). This helps strengthen the fabric of similar projects beyond the scope of Parisculteurs public tenders.
Our partners
Endorsement for the "100 hectares" charter in January 2016

Parisculteurs took root with the endorsement of the "100 hectares" charter on January 11th, 2016. The charter brought together 33 companies, public entities, and Parisian property owners committed alongside the City of Paris to greening the built environment and developing urban agriculture.
Endorsement for the "100 hectares" charter in March 2017

In 2017, 38 new partners joined the City of Paris in signing the "100 hectares" charter.

In 2019, additional partners participated in the public tenders for Parisculteurs projects.

Accor Hotels Arena, Arcade, Bouygues Immobilier, Compagnie de Phalsbourg, CPCU, Eau de Paris, Elogie/SIEMP, Enedis, France habitation, Gecina, GRDF, Groupe SOS, Habitat social français, ICF La Sablière, Immobilère 3F, JCDecaux, Société LeTROT, LogiRep, Monoprix, Nexity, Ogic, Opéra Bastille, Paris Habitat, Poste Immo, RATP, RIVP, Saint-Gobain, SAEMES, SEMAEST, SNCF, SNI, Tishman Speyer.  Ville de Pantin, Ville de Saint Denis, Théâtre de la Colline, Accor Hotels, AgroParistech, APHP - Robert Debré, BHV, Groupe Carrefour, CDC BIODIVERSITE, CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, CROUS de Paris, EIFFAGE CONSTRUCTION, EFIDIS, Elior, ERIGERE, Franprix / Groupe Casino, Galeries Lafayette Hausmann, La GARDE REPUBLICAINE, Hexagona-CIEH, Hotel holiday inn Express - Paris - Canal de la Villette, Hyatt Paris Madeleine, Le cordon bleu Paris, LE MANDARIN ORIENTAL, LVMH, MNHN, Natixis, Printemps Haussmann, Sogaris, UNIBAIL RODAMCO, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, SCCA (copro Alésia), Viparis, Adoma, Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme, Radio France, Réunion des musées nationaux et du Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées, Foncière des Régions, SEMAPA, Universcience, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne / Sorbonne développement durable, Département de Seine-Saint-Denis, Ministère de l'Economie et des Finances, EHPAD Grenelle Chemin de l’espérance, Syctom, Truffaut, Ville de Fresnes, Ville de Montreuil, Groupe Les Mousquetaires.