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France: “You reap what you sow”

By Ruud Sies (photographer)

Jean-Luc Danneyrolles – Peasant, Philosopher and Poet

By Ruud Sies (photographer) and partner Hanneke van Hintum (producer)
Resilience Food Stories
2020

Excerpt:

Jean-Luc, selects and harvests his own seeds, grows vegetables and forgotten plants, and actively campaigns to protect farmers seeds.

Agriculture started with a garden and I love that concept of horticulture. In fact I’d rather talk about agro-ecology than about organic horticulture. Only seeds that are registered in the official catalogue can be put on the market.

To get through the registration process, however, large sums need to be paid and there must be proof that the variety is genetically stable. As a consequence, 80% of the vegetables grown in France have disappeared over the past fifty years.

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Australia: And then the pandemic came: A tale of two community gardens

Georgina Bathurst in the Bourke Street garden.James Brickwood.

The garden’s membership doubled to more than 50 during the pandemic

By Danielle Mahe
Sydney Morning Herald
January 13, 2021

Excerpt:

Last year was meant to be the year when the Bourke Street Community Garden in Woolloomooloo could finally house the prized chickens for which the gardeners had been waiting for.

To mark the occasion, they had planned to hold a chicken festival, an open day to showcase the inner city garden with its new additions. It would be the first of the 23 community gardens in the City of Sydney council area to have livestock.

The chickens finally arrived in March. But so did COVID-19.

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