Couthenans. She donates leftover fruits and vegetables from her garden to the Food Bank

On the farm where the Lermy-Duthilleul family settled, Hélène, a landscape engineer, her husband Camille, a landscape technician, and their daughter Cassandre, a yurt has become the symbol of a philosophy of life around permaculture that does not does not boil down to mounds and business alone. “It’s about taking care of the earth, people and sharing fairly”. A concept that the landscape engineer, certified permaculture, has cultivated in the village. “The mayor has supported our project from the start and even participated in setting up the yurt,” says Hélène Lermy-Duthilleul.


At the Duthilleul farm, the nourishing earth is generous. Many varieties of tomatoes and heirloom vegetables as well as many fruit trees thrive there. The harvest is abundant. “We started giving the surplus, then we bartered,” says Hélène Lermy-Duthilleul.

The family lives according to the rhythm of the seasons. In the spring, she focuses on crops. Summer is harvest time. Then comes the time to prepare the preserves for the winter. Objective: food self-sufficiency.


But what to do with its overabundance of fruits and vegetables? Hélène Duthilleul then contacted the local branch of the Food Bank based in Montbéliard to offer her the surplus production. A boon for the structure, which struggles to find fresh produce despite picking it up every day in large and medium-sized supermarkets. “With perishable foodstuffs, it’s always complicated. We are a bit fair”, confirms Cedric Daverio, head of the Food Bank branch. A welcome gesture of generosity because collecting fresh produce is always difficult. “Products that are harvested well keep well,” reassures Hélène Lhermy-Duthilleul.

In Montbéliard, in the Charmontet area, the Food Bank has a cold room to store fresh produce. Which reinforces its anti-waste policy and strengthens the food solidarity chain.

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