Community Gardens in the News – Sprouting Hope in France

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Yaizid Bendaif turned a small patch of grass outside his home in a housing project in Marseille, France into a bountiful garden full of zucchinis, radishes, and cabbage feeding his family and neighbors.

“People come together here… to grow vegetables, take care of the plants, and that starts discussions, connections between people,” says Jeanne du Cos de St Barthelemy,

“The gardens alone won’t solve the neighborhoods’ ills — (Joel) Schaegis says he plans to leave the projects when he retires because they’ve gotten too rough. But they provide hope and respite. “Hiking up through the garden entrance at sunset is like being teleported to another world,” he says.”

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Lucy Bradley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Lucy BradleyConsumer and Community Horticulture Professor and Extension Specialist Call Dr. Lucy Email Dr. Lucy Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
Posted on Nov 6, 2021
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