Friday, 15 June 2012

Urban Austerity Farming

Over the last couple of years things have changed in Greece you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work this out. There was once a day when money was cheap and toys where everywhere. While this was not the case for everyone, houses the size of castles sprung up out of the olive groves and to have three or four cars per family was not unusual, families took long and leisurely holidays to the other side of the world and yachts in the marinas where a dime a dozen.

Given the situation that Greece now finds herself in, things are tough and times have changed. Gone are all the luxuries huge taxation has rendered many toys to the dusty shelves of storage bays. Yachts have been sold and cars taken off the road, the people are struggling to live the high life that they once did.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, reality has set in and in a way we are going through a clearance. The people are becoming more and more resourceful, which is perhaps well described in this photograph.

A plot in the middle of the city, with a relatively high value, left vacant for years is now suddenly being cultivated for vegetables. One thing is for sure in this area, Sunday may decide the fate of Greece but the people in my town will not go hungry…

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