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Ryad the gardener: Organic farming in the French projects

By: Wassim NASR | Erin Ogunkeye | Ségolène MALTERRE
8 min

Ryad is from a small working-class neighbourhood near the French city of Lille. Stuck in a meaningless job, he wanted to inject a sense of purpose into his daily life. For that, he looked to nature, trading the office for a life dictated by the seasons instead of deadlines. And he didn't keep his new-found passion to himself. Ryad also shares his new knowledge with the underserved neighbourhood where he grew up, by selling his produce locally and setting up community workshops.


Banlieue Project is a platform for residents of France's disadvantaged suburbs to tell their own stories. We provide the camera and they film their experiences to break down clichés about the French "banlieues".

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