In 2004, Perrine and Charles Hervé-Gruyer created the farm of Bec Hellouin, in Haute-Normandie. This farm has quickly gone on a surprising trajectory, to the point that it is now standard in natural agriculture and attracts visitors worldwide.
The Bec Hellouin Organic Farm is a place of production, research and transmission. More than 800 varieties of fruits and vegetables grow in gardens, in absolute respect for the environment, through the concepts of permaculture. Much research has been conducted in order to explore natural and effective farming practices that contribute to regeneration of the biosphere.
Perrine and Charles Hervé-Gruyer
Creators of ‘La ferme du Bec Hellouin’
“Everybody needs to eat! We can live without many things and gadgets, but we cannot live without eating ! We fight to create farming practices that make sense in life, because life is beautiful and generous. We are inspired by nature and so we certify that the production of an abundant quantity of food is possible, and also that the integrity of the biosphere can be restored. We dream of millions of small farms which would be millions of oases of life. These would give balance to the world.
Our values are the respect for all ways of life, astonishment at our privilege of living in the only known liveable planet, the desire to heal our planet from the injuries we have caused to it, so as to leave our children a beautiful and pure planet.”
From 2013 to 2015, The Lunt Foundation co-funded a research program made by Sylva Institute from the Bec Hellouin’s farm. The aim of the study was to modelize a new technique of agriculture and quantify its productivity and economic performance. The first study report was published in French in June 2015. It has opened an innovative path by demonstrating the economic viability of permaculture techniques on a small scale agriculture, which can be applied in urban gardening.
In 2016, the Lunt Foundation has supported the co-founder, Perrine Hervé-Gruyer, with a salary so she could advise new micro-farms in making their first steps into permaculture.
The Foundation also co-funded a new research on the ecological and economic performance of permacultural micro-farms and forest gardens.