“The group PERKA was created in the beginning of 2011 by people living in the city whose goal was the communal and in season cultivation of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs in a field or an appropriate space near the city of Thessaloniki.
With the support of the local Cultural Club, the group began cultivating a small part of the 689 stremma (68.9 hectares) expanse of the former military encampment Karatasou. The cultivation/farming is not for profit, it covers part of the members’ needs, it supports vulnerable social groups amd is based on the principles of organic, biodynamic or natural farming, using heirloom seeds and plants, while at the same time we enjoy the benefits of working with and being in contact with the earth. The foods produced are clean, safe, nutritious and generally beneficial for the human body, while at the same time we respect the local flora and fauna which has sprung up in the region during the past few years.
At the moment, PERKA’s activiites are the most active volunteer action in the former military encampment since, two years after the first effort, there are now four new PERKA teams, which operate based on the same principles of respecting natural and human resources. Our daily presence in the camp has reduced instances of robberies, ransacking of the buildings and tree cutting, making the area a safer place for visitors.”
“El grupo PERKA lo constituyen, desde 2011, vecinos de la ciudad cuyo objetico era cultivar en común frutas, verduras, flores y hierbas de temporada y darle sentido a un espacio propio cerca de Tesalónica.
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