6th December 2012



Itinerary 1 : from St Philip to Grand Coude : «When agriculture becomes environmentally friendly...»

This itinerary will enable participants to meet men and women working out in the field, who have opted for organic agriculture, using both traditional and original crops and methods, applied with sustainable development in mind.

Visits planned :
• Farm belonging to Benoit Morel in le Baril;
• Spice garden, Patrick Fontaine, Saint Philip;
• Greenhouses of Jane Bernard Gonthier (photovoltaic electricity production and organic agriculture), St Joseph;
• Tea plantation maze, Johnny Guichard, Grand Coude.


  • 8.30 am : Welcome for those opting for this itinerary : Auditorium Harry Payet
  • 9am : Departure by bus for St Philip from Auditorium Harry Payet

Itinerary 2 : From St Joseph to La Bretagne : «When sugar cane is a source of energy and bio-refinery ...»

Sugar cane is already a form of bio-refinery. Each year it is transformed into sugar, electricity, fertiliser and animal litter.
Tomorrow, new products based on sugar cane will become possible.

This itinerary will lead those taking part to Saint André, to visit the sugar plants of the thermal production company in Bois Rouge, before going on to eRcane, a research centre working on new products made from sugar cane.

Visits planned :
• Sugar plant and thermal energy production of Bois Rouge, Saint André;
• Visit of eRcane (La Bretagne, St Denis).


  • 8 am : : Welcome for those opting for this itinerary : Maison de la Ruralité / Balance de Langevin
  • 8.30am : Departure by bus for St André from Balance de Langevin

Itinerary 3 : from St Pierre to St Joseph : «Bioclimatic architecture :The architecture of the future?»

Constructions based on bioclimatic architecture are being developed in many places and are designed with better living-conditions in mind.

The Technological University Institute of St Pierre, which has been very much involved in the development of renewable energy sources, is a pilot site in this respect. The innovative and environmentally friendly architecture of a certain number of its buildings are an example : energy-positive constructions, green roofs etc.

However, even though bio-climactic architecture is innovative, it is, nonetheless, based on traditional techniques. In Saint Joseph, Didier Hoareau has, for several years, been working on the reintroduction of vetiver straw for construction.

Thanks to the know-how he has inherited from his ancestors and which he would like to pass down to the following generations, he wishes to promote the use of this little-known material that has, however, been recognised for its thermal and is acoustic qualities.

  • 8.30 am : Welcome for those opting for this itinerary : Auditorium Harry Payet
  • 9h00 : Departure by bus for St Pierre from Auditorium Harry Payet

- 5th December 2012

- 7th December 2012



Three topics are proposed for the next European Rural University, which will take place on 7th, 8th and 9th September 2010 in Saint-Joseph :

- Europe at the service of the rural community and its inhabitants,
- Rural professions for women,
- Culture : between heritage and innovation.

16 November 2009