Les Landes Vivantes


Les Landes Vivantes

Loire Atlantique

Thomas Bernardi

Since 2019, Ferme des Landes Vivantes has been growing Sichuan tea, fruit and pepper trees. From 2021, the first fruit harvests and the first teas from the farm will see the light of day. Since then, the farm has continued to improve the quality of its teas and fruit.

The farm currently grows around 4,500 tea bushes on 1 hectare, which will be planted gradually between 2019 and 2021.

The Landes Vivantes farm is now open. It offers a wide range of workshops, training courses, tours and occasional events from May to October each year. You can consult the programme of festivities here.

The Japanese camellia, acclimatized in Nantes in the mid-19th century by Ferdinand Favre, former mayor of Nantes, has, in almost two hundred years, become a common plant in Brittany, almost emblematic of the mildness of the surrounding area. Its cousin, the Chinese camellia, from which tea is made, has also taken root and become a typical plant and crop of this region.

Moist, verdant hedged farmland, acidic sandy-loam soils, regular rainfall, oceanic influence - these words resonate sweetly in the ears of the future tea growers of the region, who now settle by the dozens on the Celtic peninsula. Producing tea in the north-west of France is not just about discovering and promoting a new terroir, it's also about the promise of quality, local, artisanal tea, with less environmental impact and more transparent traceability. Les Landes Vivantes seeks to limit the use of fossil fuels. There is a tractor on the farm, but it's a 15 hp micro tractor, used for barely a hundred hours a year. Almost all mulch is organic.

For all those who want to get their hands back in the soil, Les Landes Vivantes offers to teach the rudiments of organic gardening, as well as discovering tea and its cultivation.