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Ryad the gardener: Organic farming in the French projects

BANLIEUE PROJECT
BANLIEUE PROJECT © FRANCE 24
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.

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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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