LA NAISSANCE DU PROJET
Adopte ma tomate (Adopt my tomato) makes vegetable gardens accessible to all. We support food independence, and aim to grow social interactions between all age groups within a given community.
Once upon a time there was a tomato who lived in a vegetable garden in Romania and who felt in love with a French olive tree (Olivier in French, also the name of my husband). 4 years ago she decided to follow her heart and get closer to the sun of Toulouse. Except that she was missing her garden now that she was living in an apartment… So she begun searching for a garden that would allow her to enjoy her slice of paradise…
I’m Octavia, 35 years old and I come from Bucharest. I grew up in the Romanian countryside and spent my summer vacations in my parents’ garden.
Once in Toulouse, one question came to my mind: why not garden in one of my neighbor’s back yard? I discovered that I was not the only one asking this question and this is how « Adopte ma tomate » was born.
Other tomatoes soon joined the party since: Clémentine, Manon and Olivier.
« Adopte ma tomate » is the futur of co-gardening (gardening together). This is how we do it:
- we introduce you to your neighbors and together you bring back to life their vegetable garden.
- we create vegetable gardens within your organisation for and with your employees, on the company’s ground. Furthermore we organise team-building events and gardening workshops to make teams stronger.
Make the city greener and create connexions between people & generations!
THE TOMATOES TEAM (from left to right)
Clémentine Sansonetto - Our Business Developper : initiative, determination, customer relation
Olivier Pillaud Tirard - Co-founder & CTO, the doctor of our web application
Octavia Ivan - Co-founder & CEO, crazy in love with tomatoes
Manon Boissieres - Agricultural engineer, daughter of market gardeners and passionate about her field of activity
In only 8 months of activity, « Adopte ma tomate » is:
- Developing and reinforcing the community of tomatoes,
- Improving and extending the functionalities of our app in order to adapt it to our users’ needs,
- Transforming our first B2B customers and going for the future ones,
- Turning our 1st year of activity into a success.
THE TOMATOES NEED YOUR HELP IN ORDER TO GROW!
Photo: workshop parent-child "Plant your 1st tomato" 2018
After our first 8 months, the project has come to a point where we need a sprinkle of help for:
- Meeting with our users in order to better understand their needs and adapt our app accordingly
- Continue to organise the parent-child workshops in order to grow their connexion with nature
- Create our first vegetable garden within a company (B2B client) to sustain team cohesion and promote well being at work.
Our motivation is YOU!
Our goal: create a maximum of gardens like the one of Michel and François, who met via our web page.
You can watch their story in video, filmed by Marine ANDRIEU, journalist for TV DICI :
WITH YOU AT OUR SIDE, WE’RE GONNA MAKE IT!
Following the exchanges we had with the users who registered on our web page, we were able to confirm a strong demand for available gardens in the city center. Therefore we are going to search for you the hidden corners waiting for a green hand to bring it to life. A budget of 1500€ is needed for this mission.
In order to grant access to most of the garden owners to our proposal, we are developing a web application. A supplement of 2500€ is needed to finalize the development before the official launch.
In 2018 the communication is essential! Partnerships, social networks, events: a budget of 2000€ will help us talk to as many future tomatoes as possible!
In order for you to easily recognize us, the identity of « Adopte ma tomate » will receive a boost, for a budget of 1000€.
Ultimately, our super agronome, Manon, will create an innovative vegetable garden this year, which will allow her to perfect her permaculture and agroecology techniques. The garden will also be the playground for our futur gardening workshops. A budget of 1500€ is necessary for creating the garden and maintaining it for the 1st year.
« Adopte ma Tomate » tomorrow ?
The goal of « Adopte ma Tomate » is to become a cooperative by 2020, juridical form that best corresponds to our conviction: « together we go further! ». In order to do so we will hire 2 persons. Your help is essential to us and it will make those objectives become reality!
THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN US!