Recycling and barter

As often as possible, we collect unsold items from the grocery stores in the area as a non-profit association. Unsold fruits, vegetables, pastries and processed food products that are past their sell-by date but that are still suitable for consumption which we then share among everyone at the Matrix House.ย 

This gives us an opportunity to considerably reduce the loss of otherwise wasted products, to lighten the food budget of the people in residence and to improvise common meals with what we can get our hands on.


Once a week during market gardening season, a small delegation of members in residence and permanent staff spend an afternoon at the Clef des Champs, a cooperative growing organic vegetables for over 200 homes located in Courgenay (Jura) some 30 minutes away by car.

In addition to the pleasure of spending time with our hands in the ground, we enjoy receiving baskets of organic, local and seasonal vegetables with the occasional seedlings and good advice for our Crรฉmines garden to top it off.