Les Bergers Urbains: where the city meets the shepherd and sheep

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photo credit: from the website of Les Bergers Urbains https://www.bergersurbains.com/agriculture-maraichage-et-%C3%A9levage/p%C3%A2turage-en-parcours/

Who and what should determine the “green-ness” of our cities? Can landscape planning be more productive than just to look at? How can animals and urban dwellers connect, and dismantle the “otherness” of nature in our cities?  Instead of compartmentalizing animal-human-landscape spaces, let’s consider blending and partnerships for holistic management of urban spaces. With groups already taking the lead, such as Les Bergers Urbains, urban shepherdry and agricultural parks make city-scapes ecosystems of interspecies care.

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photo: from the website of Les Bergers Urbains: https://www.bergersurbains.com/agriculture-maraichage-et-%C3%A9levage/p%C3%A2turage-en-parcours/

In the case of Les Bergers Urbains, they have been already successful at introducing the animal protection of urban ecosystems and equitable relations between city dweller and animal. By bringing sheep into for example urban neighbourhoods, public parks, dock lands and along the Seine, Les Bergers Urbains show shepherdry, grazing and mobile herding is essential to sustainable urban agriculture projects. The group creates regular grazing in high rise neighbourhoods, along public corridors and along highways. They develop public park farms to introduce permaculture to the public. Urban Herding is a way to create respect for a commons where animal, environment and human live together in a respectful way.

Time for the Sweat(er)shop to invite this group to The Netherlands!

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Photo taken from website https://www.bergersurbains.com/agriculture-maraichage-et-%C3%A9levage/r%C3%A9sidence-pastorale/  In October of 2014, in the city of Roubaix, France, the once historical capital of the French wool trade was brought to life with a public shepherdry program including walks through the city with sheep and shepherds. 

For more information about the organization and their projects: https://www.bergersurbains.com/

The natural agricultural park of Sausset project can be found here:

https://agriculturenaturelle.wordpress.com/

featured photo: from the website of Les Bergers Urbains https://www.bergersurbains.com/agriculture-maraichage-et-%C3%A9levage/p%C3%A2turage-en-parcours/

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