FOR NATURAL, LOCAL FARMING
Son of a couple of vine growers of la Mole, Yann Ménard, 39 years old, has been cultivating the Jardin de la Piboule ("poplar in Provençal") since 2011. More than 200 seasonal varieties, vegetables, herbs and some fruits grow naturally where he cultivates the plain of Cogolin, near the Foux crossroads. "We provide the soil with a diversified
diet, based on horse manure to feed the bacteria, a little ground wood for the mushrooms and green fertiliser based on vegetables... All these approaches make it possible to raise the levels of organic matter and to re-start the virtuous cycle of life. We apply or experiment with the aspects of each of these alternative types of agriculture – agroecology, permaculture, organic or biodynamic agriculture – which seem to us the most suitable for our garden, our sensibilities and our technical means. I do not like labels, that's why we do not belong to any label. More than half of the 10 hectares are left under forest and meadow, in addition to that, every 20 metres, we sow rows of flowers parallel to the rows of vegetables, they allow pollinating insects to find food at times when there are fewer wildflowers, increase the productivity of our crops, beautify the landscape and nourish our souls". Yann's products are acclaimed by the greatest chefs in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, including Arnaud Donckele (La Vague d'Or restaurant, triple Michelin star and Hotel Cheval Blanc Saint-Tropez). You can find Yann's products in his outlet at the Jardin de la Piboule, located along the road RD 61, between the Font- Mourier roundabout and the Giscle bridge, in the direction of Grimaud. The place also hosts the AMAP (Association for the Maintenance of Peasant Agriculture) on Tuesday and Friday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This season, the Jardin de la Piboule has opened its first Passage Raimu shop in Cogolin
(open Tuesday to Saturday morning) and it has a stand on the Plan Tour market every Thursday from April to October.
Infos : www.lejardindelapiboule.com