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Landbouwbelang

Cultural freezone in Maastricht

The Landbouwbelang proves that success can be achieved with limited resources. In 2002, a group of young people squatted a gigantic grain storage in Maastricht. Within 10 years, they had created an artistic playground for individual initiative, and experimentation. With the use of recycling, labour, a great deal of wood-burning stoves and a large dose of goodwill, this complex has developed into the cultural freezone of Maastricht. Nevertheless, many people still have a non-existent, or at least incorrect picture of the LBB. Unknown, unloved. For this reason photographer Bert Janssen took the initiative to bring the Landbouwbelang, its people, its art and its activities to people’s attention. This photo documentary extends a period of one year.

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Organic Earth

Honest growing since 1992

It wasn’t a coincidence that we choose the name Organic Earth when we began in October 1992. At that time when there were still relatively few growshops in the Netherlands we were attracted to the organical methods of cultivation and that remains so to this day with the promotion of the organical methods being our most important goal. Even though the market has developed considerably over the years Organic Earth has remained an “ecological growshop” seeing care for the environment as being of paramount importance. Our range consists primarily of organical products and we have developed or own range of feeding that is increasingly becoming accepted as standard for organical cultivation.

Our new book “Landbouwbelang”

The Landbouwbelang proves that success can be achieved with limited resources. In 2002, a group of young people squatted a gigantic grain storage in Maastricht. Within 10 years, they had created an artistic playground for individual initiative, and experimentation. With the use of recycling, labour, a great deal of wood-burning stoves and a large dose of goodwill, this complex has developed into the cultural freezone of Maastricht. Nevertheless, many people still have a non-existent, or at least incorrect picture of the LBB.

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