Xavier Remongin / agriculture.gouv.fr

Since 2016, the city of Paris launches an annual call for project called “Parisculteurs” (a portmanteau combining the name of the city with a French word for farmer, which can be translated, roughly, as “Paris Farmers”). It identifies all spaces that could be planted in the city and proposes to install urban farms and gardening to help maintain biodiversity and encourage a return to agriculture in cities.

Pariculteurs proposes to increase crops and green spaces in the French capital. Farmers, gardeners, landscapers, entrepreneurs, architects, residents – you name it! – all have until April 19 to respond to a call for projects and submit their proposals to green the capital.

Spread across the city, 23 spaces were selected in the Ile-de-France region (Paris metropolitan area) for this call for projects, including two areas at the headquarters of UNESCO. For this third season, the city of Paris joined with the departmental council of Seine-Saint-Denis and the Métropole du Grand Paris (an association of local government from Paris and surrounding cities that form the Paris metropolitan area). In doing so, it proposes nine separate sites outside of Paris itself for greening.

This year, Pariculteurs is diversifying and proposing a majority of sites “on the ground.” As opposed to previous years, where most of the spaces were available on rooftops, this year about 20 locations at ground level will be available.

The “Petite Ceinture” (“little belt”), a former railroad line encircling Paris, is at the heart of these projects. Unused since 1985, it now offers more than 10,000 square meters of plant-able space. Any project accepted in this area will have to take into account the area’s railroad heritage in its plans.