Originally, the Potager du Roi was built at the request of Louis XIV for the purpose of displaying the grandeur of France. Today, it satisfies the growing need to raise city-dwellers’ awareness and educate them about the environment.
In the seventeenth century, the vegetable garden built beside the Castle of Versailles was part of the rural landscape. Over the years, this historic site has become part of the city and it is now a beautiful example of urban farming. For its manager, Antoine Jacobsohn, the Potager du Roi is an opportunity to reconcile food production and community living, food security and health challenges and even the notions of pleasure and utility. All of that on one and the same site.