Consolidated family garden plots allow apartment dwellers to grow their own fruits and vegetables in Strasbourg, France. Plots in the Jardins Familiaux de Hautepierre average around 100 sq. m. each. Most owners are French citizens of Moroccan, Algerian, and Turkish origin and many of the gardens have been in the same families for more than a generation. The oldest owner I met said his plot had been in his family for 45 years.
Most plots have a small building with a BBQ kitchen, but no toilet, electric power, and no overnight use is allowed. City regulations allow for only organic gardening (no chemical fertilizers, weeks control, or pesticides). They grow a variety of fruits, herbs, and vegetables for personal consumption, but the gardens are also used for recreation and small social gatherings.
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