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Jean-Luc Danneyrolles is a French paesant who lives and grows in south of France Provence county.Carlos Pons, is a Spanish film director. Together they organise a road-trip to Granada city aiming at meeting agro-ecological alternatives and social movements of Spain. On of february 2012, a cameraman is engaged to follow their journey through the cold winter, with their only worthship in hands : pockets of seeds.
One testimony of an emerging movement ... Another world is possible, here and now.
21 days of travel
35 visited projects
over 200 people interviewed
9 natural parcs passed by
Mas Franch, Ecollavors, Esporus, Semillas Madre Tierra, Ecocolonia Calafou, Didac S.Costa, 15M, Miquel Vallmitjana, Enric Duran, Cooperativa Integral Catalana, Esther Vivas, Derecho de Rebelión, AureaSocial, Gustavo Duch, Revista Soberania Alimentaria, Yaiza, Can Masdeu, Guillem Tendero, La Garbiana, Roy Littlesun, Universidad del corazón único, Josep Pamíes, Dolça Revolucio, Ecoxarxa Lleida, Permacultura Montsant, Mariano Bueno, Ecollaures, Llavors d´aci, Red sostenible y creativa, Ojo de agua, La Cúpula, Felah Mengus, Temazcali Efimero, La Tribu, BioAlacant, Vicent Bordera, Patricia Dopazo, Plataforma por la soberania alimentaria País Valencià, Perifèries, Mercatremol, Proyecto Rúcula, Jardines de Acuario, Red de Permacultura del Sureste, Los Albaricoqueros, Rincon del Segura, Nuevos Recolectores, Sunseed, Agrodilar, Hortigas, Ecovalle, 15M Granada, La comida en nuestras manos.
Context of the journey
Jean-Luc Danneyrolles choosed to work as a peasan in aim to « constantly live in a garden », and managed to do so for last 27 years. He takes care of 20,000 m² of land in Natural Park of Luberon, in south of France.
Jean-Luc is a uncommun organic farmer. Every year, he sow, multiplies and store hundreds of seeds of forgotten vegetables, plants and flowers, for selling them to other organic, amateur and local gardeners. He called his place "Le potager d´un Curieux", ( orchard of a curious man ).
Either his garden and the small barn he use to shelter himlself are full of artistic actions, philosophical thoughs, writings and poetry on human and nature. He is a curious explorer playing consciously with physical, intellectual and spiritual world. As he is quite isolated in the mountains, he stays tuned to the world thanks to radio and internet, and stand open to new meetings as more and more people travel to his place. He humbly consider his role toward young generation in diffusing seeds of transitions for our world. He is for instance engaged in degrowth campaigns and take part in the « Peasan's Seeds Network », a French movement for preserving cultivated genetic heritage.
We met on spring 2011 and I (Carlos) worked with him at the garden for a few months. I brung a big impulse from the spanish movement to his daily routine : due to recent changes in my life after two years of experiences in cooperative trading et social equity in action at local scale, I was inhabited by a huge amount of new energy.
We had a lot od interresting talks and a good connexion began to link ourselves together. We also lived from the distance all the « Arabic Springs » and Spanish social demonstration on « 15M », as we were taken by germinating seeds to care of in the greenhouse. "Something is going to happen outside, we can feel from here.", we said.
Four months passed by since i have returned to Spain for a while. When i go bac to Jean-Luc's garden on November 2011, he told me his body and soul were tired, so was his fields. Both seem to need a pause in aim to evolve by theirthelves. Jean-Luc also needs to see the world outside, for real... on thousand kilometers away to south, along Mediterranean sea, Granada city echoes with strengh in his heart.
As he knows my background in agro-ecological or global change movements along south Mediterranean shores, he ask me to travel with him. The idea is growing : from his garden to Granada, we could visit several inspiring places, discover these new alternatives projects blooming everywhere, staying from place to place, trading seeds to improve cultivated biodiversity, living the Spanish social movement from the inside.