On the Provençal territory, an exceptional heritage around cultivated vegetable agriculture has been impoverished for several decades for the benefit of a few productive and profitable plant species (vines and olive trees) with a restricted field of cultivated varieties. However, this plant material, as well as its associated know-how, deserve special attention in order to conserve genetic diversity and safeguard this intangible heritage unique to Provence.


Supported project


The L'OCCITANE Foundation supports the Shared Mediterranean Conservatory within the framework of its “Vergers d'avenir” program, the objective of which is to conserve and promote the varieties of terroir typical of the Mediterranean basin, within the framework of the socio-economic development of these territories.

This project therefore plans to support, over an initial three-year pilot period, the implementation of 20 orchard projects, mainly based in Provence. In addition to the conservation and promotion of certain varieties of trees, this project contributes to reducing the vulnerability of the territories and increasing their resilience in the face of global change.

Some figures


In 2020, the program plans to plant 582 trees in orchards based in Provence and the Mediterranean.

Budget 2020 20 000 euros

2020 Goal 582 planted trees


Project supported since 2019

Total budget 60 000 euros

Final goal 64 preserved varieties

The objective of the partnership is to carry out the "Orchards of the future" programme. Its aim is to conserve and promote the terroir typical varieties of the Mediterranean basin, as part of the socio-economic development of these territories.

In 2019, we participated in the conservation of a rare and ancient tree variety: the Brignole plum. More than 165 trees of this variety have been planted.