Greeks reclaim the land to ease the pain of economic austerity

“A group of community-minded gardeners have turned a former Athens airport into a blooming vegetable plot — showing how Greece’s eroded soil holds the keys to a revival in farming and a way to buck the jobless trend.

“When the airport moved to another location 10 years ago in preparation for Athens hosting the 2004 Olympic Games, there was the hope and the State’s promise that this now available land would become a park. Then the ‘crisis’ landed and rumours began spreading that the site had been sold to an international developer who would pour yet more concrete on the chaotic sprawl that is Athens.

“This is when a small group of local residents, bearing seeds and armed with shovels, moved in. Their mission: to create a communal and productive agricultural space that will encourage an exploration into antidotes for the ecological-economic-educational and cultural crisis.”

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