The townspeople prefer to grow fresh greens, vegetables and fruits themselves. Roofs of high-rise buildings are adapted for vegetable gardens; small plots in the middle of the city are rented especially for agriculture. Quarantine has added popularity to urban cities: this is a place where you can take a break from the metropolis and spend time in the fresh air.
TSN continues the cycle of stories about agrofitness and love for organic vegetables in different countries. There are also interesting gardens in the center of the world capital of fashion – Paris.
There are Parisians who go for croissants in the morning, and there are those who start their day by weeding the garden. And for this it is not necessary to live in the suburbs, because there are public gardens in the very center of Paris.
300 square meters for vegetables, berries and just flowers – not far from the center and Montmartre – this is the oldest urban vegetable garden in the capital. It is led by Françoise and sixty other residents of the quarter. Joining the community is easy – you just have to live in the surrounding neighborhoods and pay an annual fee of 22 euros. “This small area is run by an 85-year-old woman,” Françoise points out.
Everything in the local vegetable garden is common, says Françoise. The beds are looked after together, and the harvest is divided. A list of works is posted weekly. Everyone chooses one to their liking and fiddles in the ground. They can bake pies from the harvest, so that they can treat each other later, take them home, or even distribute them to random lucky ones. “If the one who planted the lettuce leaves did not come, and someone from the quarter passes by, then we say to him:“ Do you want to take your salad home with you? ”- says the man.
Françoise recalls how once the city hall wanted to build residential buildings on this place, but the residents of the quarter defended the right to the city garden. For local gardeners, these are organic products, rest and even caring for each other. “An elderly person who comes every day, suddenly one day does not come – we will rush to check what is wrong,” the man explains.
Today, there are about a hundred urban gardens in Paris. From very small to similar in size to Ukrainian. Between the residential buildings of the 14th arrondissement of Paris, there is the largest urban vegetable garden in the French capital, where you can not only grow cucumbers and tomatoes, but also produce honey, and soon wine.
On 12 acres on weekends, activity is raging here – someone is actively preparing their site, a whole class of students from the local school came to get acquainted with bees and learn about the production of honey. Whole families come to the city.
Just like in other urban gardens, there are two conditions for membership – to live nearby and pay an annual fee. You can get a tiny plot for your own gardening. During the first serious quarantine, when all parks and embankments were closed in Paris, there was no end to those who wanted to relax among the greenery. “Now the queue of applications has stretched for two years,” local managers say.
There really is where to roam – the green area has its own greenhouse with seedlings, a pond, an integral part of the garden – compost, into which food leftovers from all over the quarter are carried and, of course, a variety of flowers.