January 20th, CITIES welcomed 36 students from Wageningen University on a neighborhood tour, exploring urban agriculture projects and urban foodscapes.

Hosted by the new Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metroplitan Solutions (AMS), we started the afternoon with a brief introductory lecture at AMS covering Farming the City, by Anke de Vrieze of the Old Amsterdam Food Tours. Moving from the lecture hall to the city streets, students were taken on a neighborhood tour, guided by Anke and CITIES’ Luca Brody, who completed her master’s research thesis on local community gardens.

Getting our bodies, minds and senses warmed up, the urban exploration commenced with a visit to the lively Dappermarket. Students were asked to take pictures and make notes. For instance, a fresh vegetable stall directly in front of a McDonalds caught the attention of many. Continuing, we walked through Javastraat, the vibrant shopping street of the Indische Buurt (Indonesian Neighborhood), currently experiencing a gentrification process notable by the many new coffee bars, delicatessen shops and bars recently opened alongside redeveloped social housing into private, pricier units increasingly being filled by millennials. In this area, we visited three community gardens run by a local organization called ‘Oost-Indisch Groen’. Founded by a few passionate neighbors with green fingers, the organization develops community gardens in public space, in close collaboration with local government. Their main hub functions out of a location close to Flevopark, where workshops are organized regularly and a kitchen is available for communal activities.

Moving on, we passed the former location of the ‘Valreep’ squatter-run community garden, displaced to make space for new apartment blocks. The squatter’s silent protest is still visible on the roof of the building, reading ‘Your participation is right here’. The slogan refers to the current Dutch policy of the ‘participatory society’, which calls on citizens to actively participate in society.

Concluding the tour, we visited the community garden of Afrikanerplein, portraying a highly successful example of urban transformation through community gardening; once an underutilized and unattractive piece of public space, the square now hosts a well-managed garden welcoming over 50 active neighbors.

Are you also interested in taking your students/colleagues on a tailor-made tour of urban agriculture projects in Amsterdam? Please write to anke@farmingthecity.net to inquire about the possibilities.

FOODLOGICA to Present at Expo Gate, Expo Milano 2015 – marcho farms

FOODLOGICA is honored to give a talk at Expo Milano 2015’s introductory Expo Gate in Milan January 2nd, titled “Farming the City: Agriculture Enters the City” on the relationship between agriculture and cities.

Expo Milano 2015’s central theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. Located at the Via Beltrami in the beautiful, historic center of Milan, Expo Gate will interpret Expo Milano 2015’s theme, bridging the city with the Exhibition Site and theme, as the city bridges and shares with the world.

Consisting of two impressive, modular and transparent buildings designed for minimal environmental impact, the Expo Gate welcomes all to explore, meet, learn and share among an array of presentations, talks, Slow Food taste workshops, product markets, and a cooking market by PArC.

On the 2nd of January, Francesca Miazzo, founder of CITIES, Farming the City and FOODLOGICA, will join Marco Porcaro and Paul Camozzi of Cortilia to give a talk titled Farming the City: Agriculture Enters the City. Targeted at citizens in an informal, engaging manner, the talk will address the relationship between agriculture and cities in an effort to bring people closer to sustainable food systems and local agriculture in Milan and beyond.

Will you be in Milan? Don’t miss this event, where you will also find everything you need to know, programs and ticketing for Expo Milano 2015.

FOODLOGICA: Expanding in Amsterdam and Growing Globally – marcho farms

In 2015, FOODLOGICA tackles well rounded expansion: expanding our client base in Amsterdam and developing a global FOODLOGICA franchise, pushing sustainable local food systems and clean energy in cities around the world.

Solar power keeps FOODLOGICA’s electric e-trikes charged up to maneuver local, sustainable food around Amsterdam in a clean, timely and efficient fashion. With all this solar-powered wherewithal, FOODLOGICA is actively seeking to expand its client base in Amsterdam in 2015!

Working to meet the needs of our clients, we utilize our services to tailor solutions. In this way, the opportunities to collaborate with and use FOODLOGICA’s services are vast and varied within areas of delivery, event and market support and advertising. We work with, for example, local restaurants, web shops, caterers, food brands and food producers that embrace sustainability and are approaching the local market.

Does this sound like you? Interested in working or advertising with FOODLOGICA? Get in touch! We’re happy to meet and chat about how we can tailor our e-trikes to suit your needs. Contact info(at)foodlogica(dot)com.

GOING GLOBAL

Amsterdam is where we planted our roots. The developing growth of FOODLOGICA would not be possible without the support of our diverse local partners and supporting cultural and infrastructural urban design. We also love who we work with, and are excited to grown and expand, developing a more robust network and working with more and more clients in Amsterdam.

In 2015, we are on a mission to franchise, sharing the benefits of FOODLOGICA’s philosophy and practice globally.

Join us in our mission! We want to infuse sustainable local food systems, clean energy and local economic growth in cities around the world!

Stay up to date and show your support by connecting with us. You can follow us @CITIESONLINE, like us on CITIES’ Facebook and Farming the City’s Facebook, and/or contact us at info(at)foodlogica(dot)com.

Urban Agriculture Exchange With Visitors From Malmo, Sweden – marcho farms

Farming the City welcomed an urban agriculture group from Malmo, Sweden November 28th, leading them on a guided tour in Amsterdam to exchange urban agricultural knowledge.

Cities have much to learn from each other, as diverse initiatives and innovative implementation strategies generate specific lessons, and outline what works and what doesn’t. Knowledge exchange in this field is therefore paramount to successful growth. Take, for example, C.R.A.F.T., the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training popular in the US and Canada that organizes frequent regional farmer knowledge exchange sessions in order to learn from diverse scenarios, environments, methods, etc. to see what applies where and create beneficial learning for all to apply in practice.

The City of Malmo and Amsterdam came together for a full-day urban agriculture knowledge exchange on Friday November 28th, when Farming the City hosted a group from Malmo, Sweden on a tour examining different food-driven urban projects in Amsterdam. The group consisted of people from the Municipality of Malmo, local NGOs, a housing corporation and Malmo University. Specifically, they were interested in learning about the organizational structure of urban agriculture projects and the different models of management and facilitation. (Photos follow text.)

A ONE-DAY URBAN AGRICULTURE TOUR IN AMSTERDAM

We started the morning at CITIES’ office, for a presentation about CITIES and FARMING THE CITY. After, we took an inside look at sustainable logistics, going to the Amsterdam Food Center, where CITIES’ new business FOODLOGICA has a base station of electric trikes in their shipping-container-turned-solar-powered-garage.

Following, we visited the urban farming project Noord Oogst, located a short ferry ride from central Amsterdam, in Amsterdam North (Noord in Dutch). Noord Oogst is on the grounds of a former sports park, hosting a childcare facility, a brewery and a flock of the sweetest pigs you can imagine! The Swedish group got a welcoming introduction in Swedish, by Elin Karlsson, the childcare facility initiator. New entrepreneurs, such as a baker, fruit grower and bed and breakfast will also get up and running in 2015.

Moving on, we went to see Oost-Indisch Groen, an urban agricultural project in Amsterdam East (Oost in Dutch) that facilitates several community gardens in the neighbourhood. We visited their main hub, with its small communal garden and fantastic outdoor community kitchen.

Our last stop was at Pakhuis de Zwijger, where we had a nice lunch at their café/restaurant. After lunch, Luca Brody (CITIES), who recently finished her master thesis on urban gardens in Amsterdam, presented her research findings and showed a typology of gardens, initiated or maintained by a variety of stakeholders. Topics discussed included:

–       Levels of community involvement

–       Accessibility

–       Management

Thank you Annette Larsson and others for the inspiring exchange; we look forward to continue collaborating with you in the future! Are you interested in learning more about FARMING THE CITY and/or urban agriculture in Amsterdam, please contact anke@farmingthecity.net.

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