Welcome to Le Rêve de Gaïa in Southern France! Le Rêve de Gaïa translates to “The Dream of Mother Earth.” Antoine and Margot are the Earth workers behind this special project to create a self-sustainable and symbiotic ecosystem where humans, animals, and nature can co-exist in productive harmony. They want to show the world what is possible, inspiring and educating others to follow suit. Their example extends far beyond this land; they strive to set an example and show how sustainable practices can easily be integrated into anyone’s life.
Antoine has lived there for 7 years and after completing his forestry school he decided to share his knowledge with others and set an example of sustainable and harmonious living. The five themes that they cover in the Dream of Mother Earth are forestry, agriculture, living with animals, sustainable construction, and the magic of life.
When Antoine started the project, he searched for land with lots of forestries since that was his profession. He decided upon the plantation and transformed it into a forest by planting many biodiverse species all over. The land used to be populated with mainly spruce trees, so he added many other plants to avoid having a monoculture. They plan on creating a “food forest,” where every plant is edible.
Antoine and Margot apply permaculture principles like composting, companion planting, crop rotation, and mulching. They choose to avoid using any chemical pesticides on the food. “We would rather have the insects eating some food than use pesticides on the food that we eat,” Margot explained. The small amount eaten by insects is already calculated into the amount of food that they plant, so it is no problem.
Part of their project includes living with animals such as chickens that provide eggs, sheep to cut the grass and produce wool for insulation, and other animals working in productive harmony. They have pigs that plow the ground for them. “We try to work together with them,” Antoine explains.
They have two tiny houses on-site, and they plan on building a third this upcoming summer. This sustainable construction is made of trees cut on site. They are putting insulation and a small stove in one of these tiny houses for winter.
Margot sums up the magic of life beautifully: “The magic of life is actually not magic, but it is the theme that connects all the other themes. It’s about being a platform where people feel free to share their beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences from all kinds of disciplines.” The Dream of Mother Earth continues to inspire many people to share their ideas and humanity freely, making Mother Earth’s dream come true!
This article was written by Lindsey Morrison.
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