Farmer designers, agriculture on the move

from 14 July 2021 to 17 January 2022

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Tools for an agroecological transition

 “Des outils pour une transition agroécologique” en premier plan et une sélection d’outils anciens en second plan
View of the exhibition - Resources Bordeaux cultural season / Bordeaux 2021 © Rodolphe Escher

Pointed, sharp, slender, smooth or serrated, they are held in the hand and accompany the gesture. They allow us to work on materials and carry out a task. Gardeners, farmers, breeders, market gardeners and winegrowers transform them as they see fit to adapt them to the terrain and make them more effective. Forged for the most part until 1950, they were subsequently adapted to mass production on an industrial scale.

U-fork, sifting broadfork, animal-drawn tools, straw cutter and tilther: all these light tools, easy to use, are reminiscent of models predating the industrialization of agriculture. They are now being used by a new type of agriculture based on agroecological practices. They help to work and preserve the soil and respect biodiversity. They are the result of collective intelligence and several years of experimentation, to which a growing number of associations and companies contribute, all driven by the need to promote the cycle of living things.

These tools were chosen in collaboration with Émilie Rousselou, head of the Domaine du Possible university. Spanning 136 hectares in the south of Arles in Camargue Regional Nature Park, the estate is part of the European network of large farms undergoing an agroecological transition, an initiative supported by the Tides Foundation and the Didier and Martine Primat Foundation.

Visit of the Domaine du Possible by Emilie Rousselou, director of the University of the Domaine du Possible.
Directed by Léo Bouvet.


European network of large estates and large farms undergoing an agroecological transition.