The Montpellier cooperative Terracoopa unites farmers, landscapers, and artisans in the food sector. They share resources and knowledge to support good ecological practices and organic production as employees or when testing out new ideas.
Crealead and Adear, co-founders of TerracoopaTerracoopa, which generates sales revenue of one million euros and attracts twenty new entrepreneurs each year, was originated by three co-founders: agronomist Joseph Le Blanc (who led the project), Crealead (a Montpellier business and employment cooperative), and Adear Languedoc-Roussillon (association for the development of agricultural and rural jobs). In 2012, they founded the unique Terracoopa structure, for which “we still handle management and accounting, while also providing our support in terms of training and driving the network,” highlights Frédéric Sanchez, CEO of Crealead.
Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole provided support for Terracoopa by allowing it to use of part of the Viviers estate and by providing a subsidy to Crealead. The initiative is in line with Montpellier Métropole policy to promote agroecological transition and sustainable food supply, as well as its desire to support all those who wish to take an alternative approach to entrepreneurship.