“Les fermes DEPHY” are a French network of farms committed to reducing the use of plant health products (phytosanitary products, like artificial chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, among others).
The DEPHY network is organized around four goals:
- Encouraging change, including in the apprenticeship dynamic
- Supporting innovative processes
- Capitalizing on and sharing technique knowledge and resources and on efficiency
- Highlighting and promoting these system
The development of the DEPHY network
The network of DEPHY demonstration farms was put in place in 2010 and has already been through three different phases of recruiting farms: in 2011 with the launch of the first 1,200 farms, in 2012 with the growth to 1,800 farms and opening the network to all types of farms, and finally in 2016-17 with the growth to 3,000 farms.
Spread out all across France, the DEPHY farms cover all of the large segments of French agricultural production: Crops, animal agriculture, viticulture, arboriculture, legumes, horticulture and tropical crops. Included in these farms are 120 farms of agricultural high schools and 710 conversion or organic farms.