organic rice PGI Camargue
Canard des Rizières
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The project

Adopt a rice paddy from "Canard des Rizières" in Saint-Gilles (France) and receive your harvest in the form of organic rice PGI Camargue at home. The Farmer Bernard will take care for your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt a rice paddy from "Canard des Rizières" in Saint-Gilles (France) and receive your harvest in the form of organic rice PGI Camargue at home. The Farmer Bernard will take care for your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt a rice paddy that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2013. Adopt a rice paddy of 15m2. One rice paddy produces an average of 6kg of organic rice PGI Camargue per season. The variety concerned is called Arelate and takes its name from Celtic, it means Arles, an ancient city not far from our farm, it is a variety created in the Camargue. Organic cultivation: In the overview of certificates and seals, you can download the current certificate. Our organic rice carries the protected designation of origin "Riz de Camargue" (rice from Camargue) and is cultivated in the swamp area of Saint-Gilles in the region le Gard. We grow organic rice in combination with the breeding of Mulard ducks, which are responsible for weed and vermin control. Our rice fields do not undergo any treatment, there is only weeding carried out by the ducks as well as the oxygenation of the water by the displacement of this herd. This natural cultivation method has its origin in Japan and we are the first and currently the only ones to use this method in Europe. The ducks are fed with all green and crushed grains from the harvest that are not used for human consumption, as well as all grasses found in the biotope. We raise them around the farmhouse where a pond has been created to familiarize them with the water and then, at the age of one and a half months, we release them into the rice fields until they reach the rice ears. Basically, we only take the ducks of the mulards breed (female) which are usually doomed to die because they are not valued in the fattening chain for the foie gras. We collect them and at the age of 10 months, we prepare them for human consumption as meat ducks. Our rice was voted one of the best Sud de France products by the magazine l'Express. Each rice paddy bears an average of 6kg per season.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 3 x __organic long grain rice, half brown rice, Arelate variety__ (1kg bag) This variety can be used in all dishes and 15 - 20 minutes of cooking are recommended depending on your preferences. This naturally flavoured rice with a slight nutty taste is more creamy than the red rice that follows. Add 1 part rice to 2 parts water when cooking. 3 x __organic rice, red, brown rice, TamTam__ (1kg bag) This variety, which has a naturally crunchy grain is best enjoyed in salads, and goes very well with fish. It takes 25 to 30 minutes to cook with 1 part rice to 3 parts water. We harvest the rice from your rice paddy at the end of October and fill it into 1kg bags using inert gas to keep away the weevil. Our rice can be stored for 18 months. Once the bag is opened, it is best stored cool because being organic, the weevil could develop there.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques

How does it work?

Meet the Farmers

Meet the Farmers

Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

Let the Farmer and nature work

Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

Adoptions available until the 24/10/2021
Delivery starting on the 22/11/2021

Adopt a rice paddy

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Delivery country Spain

Final price:

58.53€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Bernard Poujol
I have been a rice farmer in the Camargue region of France for 50 years and eight years ago I started organic rice farming in combination with duck breeding. My deepest convictions led me to move towards another, more virtuous and viable model of agriculture. After having been a manager in a large Camargue rice property in conventional farming, it was at the age of 50 that I made the big leap with my wife by buying this property and setting up an agriculture that resembles me. To this date, I am the only farmer in Europe to use this agro-ecological concept. This technique respects both the environment and the people and is practiced mainly in Japan. It goes hand in hand with modern rice cultivation and nature conservation. Please have a look at the video below to see the connection between animals and plants. During his trip to Japan, my eldest son discovered that Japanese rice farmers keep ducks to weed their fields. This purely natural method was revived in the 1980s by Takao Furuno, a rice farmer who converted his cultivation to organic at the time. I then decided to take a closer look at this old method in order to be inspired. Last year we successfully adapted it to the specific conditions of the Camargue region. On a day-to-day basis, Mathieu and I take care of the crops, feeding and monitoring and the well-being of the animals. Catherine and Sabrina take care of all the administrative, accounting, commercial and service provider relations. We have found in CrowdFarming a partner who is not an intermediary, it is a wonderful "tool" that allows us to get in touch with you and this beyond borders, it allows us to enhance our work and above all to share our know-how and our passion. The method we use, the love of our land, the respect of nature, all this has given a particular taste to our rice which has made its reputation and we hope to share it with you via this site! Beyond the adoption of rice plots, it is a culture and convictions that you support, our method that you approve of and a passion that you keep alive! We sincerely thank you in advance for taking the time to read our presentation and we hope you will enjoy your rice!
Bernard Poujol

"During a trip to Japan in 2011, my son discovered that local rice farmers were using ducks to weed. He told me about it because he was convinced that his father was crazy enough to try this method. That's how animals should be raised, in harmony with nature. It is a system in which the earth creates its own wealth. Within our farm, the farmer brings nothing more than his know-how: no pesticides or fungicides, it is the animal that is at the centre of everything. As rice farmers - we have a duty to share this environmental awareness with each other and with consumers who increasingly want to avoid pesticides. I want to show people that the farming profession is capable of constantly reinventing itself.”

Canard des Rizières
Canard des Rizières
Our wooden farmhouse Mas Neuf de la Motte and our 60 hectares of rice fields (certified with the Ecocert seal) are located in the heart of the marshes of Saint-Gilles in le Gard. This is the place that gave its name to the EARL Mas neuf de la Motte. We are in small Camargue gardoise, surrounded by wetlands and farmland. We are the smallest producers of the Camargue. Our approach helps to generate employment around us by having several service providers work for us to store, mill and pack the rice. An apprentice is also on contract with EARL and a future employee is in anticipation. Today, 4 of us are actively working on the farm, my wife and I and Mathieu and his partner Sabrina since 2018. I was a manager of a large neighbouring farm and when the opportunity arose to buy a property, at my 50th birthday in 2010, I embarked on this great adventure. Since we farm 20 hectares of our rice fields every year, we rotate the rice cultivation from one year to the next. We cultivate a total of 60 hectares using crop rotation. In one year we sow rice in one plot and in the following two years we sow lucerne and other cereals (wheat of an old variety). One of the special features of our cultivation is the "dry sowing" at the end of May. Afterwards we irrigate the fields with the water of the river Petit Rhône and at the end of June we release our 1,200 Mulard ducks, who immediately know what to do and therefore do not leave the rice fields. They separate the wheat from the chaff: they feed on the weeds and insects that typically surround the rice and do not touch the rice sprouts. In addition, the wading of the ducks whirls up the earth and supplies the water with oxygen. Their dung also serves as a natural fertilizer. Their presence enriches the biodiversity of the rice fields. Rice used to be sown widely. Today, the seeds are sown in straight lines to enable the birds to swim. The ducks come from the south-west and conquer the rice fields every spring after sowing. The Mulard ducks cannot fly and have a great appetite. The rice and ducks must grow together. In order to be able to work as efficiently as possible, the ducks come to the fields as chicks. The whole process is very complex. The rice growth, the release of the ducks, the weed germination and the water management must be precisely coordinated. The ducks pay no attention to the hard and silicon-rich leaves of the rice plant. They prefer weeds, which are removed naturally this way. In natural rice farming, they are cut back. The leftovers of the harvest are used as well. We grind the rice straw to make an extra soil conditioner and the green or crushed grains are used for animal feed. Regarding our facilities, we are building a shed made with photovoltaic panels.
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Technical information
Address
Canard des Rizières, Saint-Gilles, FR
Altitude
2-3m
Size
60 hectares
Team
2 men and 2 women
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Irrigation
Water from a Rhône inflow
Location