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Salies de Béarn

Initiative Salies de Béarn started in oct 2009, after a presentation of transition by two members of the association APQV( protection of the quality of life) to the board. In dec 2009 a steering group was formed, Sylvain Chevalier, Jean François Gaillard, Kitty de Bruin and Piet van Oudenallen. Recently Bernadette Campagne joined the group for a few months. Especially to help with the garden project in the town of Salies. A group (groupe de semence) is formed to exchange ideas and knowledge about gardening, schools were visited to start school garden projects. The mayor asked us to change a piece of land (3000 m2) in a jardin examplaire.We showed 4 times the transition film, in the townhall of Salies three times and in Billère 1 time together with the  AMAP of Gan, Slowfood Bèarn en Tissline64. In sept 2010 we showed the  film solutions locales pour un disordre global, followed by a debate about the relation with transition.

  • jan 2010 presentation of the transitionproject at the assemblee general, accepted
  • 5th of march first public presentation of the movie en transition for 30 persons
  • 30th of march presentation of the the movie en transition in billere together with slowfood, petits homme de la terre, et Tisslien64, about 40 persons
  • In april again a presentation of transition 1.0
  • We organised a debate after the movie: solutions locals pour un disordre global, and  more than 12people signed up to form a group de “semences, seeds” to exchange info about gardening, exchanging seeds etc;
  • june  2010 we organised a local market for small producers,in Burgaronne and we had 300 visitors.
  • The 13th of november  we organized at  one of the local wine producers  la fête des vignerons, with accordeon music and the visitors brougt their own home made food.
  • The mayor asked us to exploit a piece of land in the midddle of the town to make it an garden to show old varieties of vetegables.
  • Thats why we started an other association, working closing together with the APQV , Salies de Béarn en Transition
  • For french info see www.salies-de-bearn.transitionfrance.fr
  • In spring 2011 we did an experiment with growing vegetables in the containers de kiwi and during the summer the agreement for the plot of land was signed with the municipality
  • We will organise again evenings with various themes, and are looking for a clubhouse.
  • 8 october 2011 we organised a “troc des plantes et semences), on a day where more than 40 associations were gathered to present their programs.
  • We showed the plan of the garden and the mission of transition
  • This autumn we will install 40 kiwi containers to start on an old , abandonned railroad station a garden for and by the citizens.
  • The projet community garden is developping