Mouans-Sartoux is a small town, located in the French Riviera in the south-east of France. For 40 years, we have been committed to an ambitious and sustainable local food policy, aiming to protect both environment and the health of our citizens, while supporting economic development. With this in mind, we have developed projects involving local stakeholders 100% organic and mostly local school canteens, creation of a municipal farm supplying most of the vegetables consumed in canteens, sustainable food education actions towards pupils as well as citizens in general, support to the settlement of organic farmers in the area.
Today, most of the inhabitants are convinced that this development option contributes to improving their quality of life and to promoting the resilience of our area.
Degree of urbanization
Town or suburb
population of 9668
Citizens feed the town
Involve the citizen to contribute to the organic local food supply through self-production: identification of the available garden/uncultivated land, mobilisation of participants, organisation of training workshops. These actions are connected with some of the objectives included in this smart strategy.
The municipal farm platform
The Cote d’Azur region, where is Mouans-Sartoux located is characterized with high pressure of real estate for both habitation and mass tourism. To face the lack of local organic agriculture a 6 Ha municipal farm located 700 m from the centre was created in 2010 (3,5 Ha at the beginning extended to 6 Ha). The “Domaine de Haute-Combe” supplies 96% of the needs for organic vegetables (and also a small share of fruits and olive oil) to serve the 1000 meals per day required by the canteens of Mouans-Sartoux. The farm produces around 25 tons of organic certified vegetables for the three schools of Mouans-Sartoux
Sustainable school canteens
Since 2012, Mouans-Sartoux’s school and kindergartens canteens, handled by the municipality, reached 100% organic products. This objective was achieved without increasing the price of the meals (2.01 € when the national average of non-local and non-organic industrial catering is between 1.50 and 2.00 € per meal) thanks to a drastic reduction of food waste (80% from around 150g to around 30g per plate), a reduction of the share of animal proteins and an important work on the supply and the public tenders. The mobilisation of the municipal staff handling the canteens was at the core of this change of practices. In 2019, the local secondary school (not held by the municipality but by the “département”) also reached 100% of organic products, making Mouans-Sartoux the 1st French municipality to offer 100% organic products in the canteens