The educational farms of Provence
There are many educational farms in Provence, and it’s the case for La Ferme du Roy d’Espagne, in Marseille. It allows you to discover animals and walk around the estate’s gardens: how to work the soil with gardening, composting, DIY activities, caring for animals, and even cookery! In Marseille too, we recommend you visit the Ferme Pédagogique de la Tour des Pins. Located near a magnificent bastide built in the middle of the 19th century, it once belonged to the famous Montgolfier brothers. Over the 12 hectares which make up the estate, there is the beautiful bastide and its grounds, an organic farm, and the educational farm where they produce excellent cheese and yogurt. The chef of the mythical Intercontinental Hotel opposite the Vieux-Port integrates these local products into his recipes. The Ferme Provençale du Parc de Figuerolles, created in 1989 on the lands of the former De Verville estate, offers many animal-linked activities and is careful to raise the awareness of young children about the protection of nature and its many riches. As the farm is located right in the middle of the Parc de Figuerolles, you will also be able to visit the surrounding area on a nature hike. In the village of Simiane-la-Rotonde, the educational farm of the same name welcomes you every Wednesday, on prior appointment, to discover its cows, sheep, ponies, goats, donkeys, and chickens on the Domaine des Marres. The site also offers “private” visits, with a keeper so that you can get near the animals. Near Avignon, Le Tipi offers you a discovery of its urban farm, its plant nursery, a huge forest perfect for walks, beehives, a chicken run, a ceramics workshop, a herb farm, and a canteen which will delight those of you who love fresh products! For adults, and to complement all the tastings, we advise you to choose one of the delicious Provencal beers, to be drunk with moderation, of course! If you are in the vicinity of Mont-Ventoux, La Petite Ferme de Villes-sur-Auzon opens its doors to the public at the foot of the mountain so that you can see its goats, sheep, cows, and ducks up near in calm surroundings which are ideal for a relaxing moment with the family.