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Guerrilla gardening in the streets of Amsterdam

We are from a generation that barely knows where its dinner comes from. It’s all prefab meals, industrially processed poultry and factory formatted fruits. Guerrilla gardening is the counter trend.

And in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Maina Van der Zwan decided to build his own city Guerrilla Garden. He came up with the idea this spring and did not waist a second. As he explaines:

“The idea behind it is to reconnect a providing earth to our daily lives. It’s about reclaiming city space for growing vegetables and flowers. And once you’ve had a taste of it you will look differently at the urban landscape. All the wasted space, the excess concrete, the undeveloped roadsides, the empty balconies and rooftops: all crying out for -agri- cultivation. As a beginning urban farmer I’ve confiscated a piece of pavement in front of my apartment block, just a 5 by 1 meter plot to start out with. I’ve grown spinach, red beets, rocket salad, podded pees and all kinds of herbs. Any passerby can take what they desire and my neighbors love it. Next spring will hopefully bring some expansion, with maize, pumpkin and broad beans. It won’t change the world and it’s certainly no challenge to capitalist industrial agriculture, but it does bring smiles to faces and perhaps plant little seeds in people’s mind that another world is at least possible.”

And all the above is why we love this project. So get out your gardening gear and start your own! Check out these pictures to see how it all started:

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  • Victor P

    truly inspired!

  • David

    Well done! Where can i find it?

  • http://twitter.com/mainavdzwan/status/91823494932873216 Maina van der Zwan

    Look! My garden is becoming famous! http://t.co/SFcGpRF #silotuin

  • http://www.socialisme.nu Maina

    It’s located at the beginning of the Silodam (corner with van Diemenstraat)

  • David

    Cool! Will visit amsterdam this summer, so ill take a looksy.

  • http://twitter.com/jburkunk/status/91861925922738176 Jesse Burkunk

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  • http://twitter.com/eclecticbug/status/91864427078500352 ♪♪ ღ eco~logic ღ ♪♪

    Some seriously great guerilla gardening in the streets of Amsterdam http://t.co/OVWZ0Z3

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  • http://twitter.com/m_schippers/status/91938124732698625 Matthijs Schippers

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  • http://twitter.com/daseedbomber/status/91950177912500225 seedbomber

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  • http://twitter.com/mephysto_insp/status/91957517734776832 mephysto

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  • http://twitter.com/danielhake/status/91974933021868033 Daniel Hake

    Guerilla gardening in Amsterdam RT @MainavdZwan: Look! My garden is becoming famous! http://t.co/SFcGpRF #silotuin

  • http://twitter.com/richard_001/status/92543474414522368 Richard Reynolds

    Guerilla gardening in Amsterdam RT @MainavdZwan: Look! My garden is becoming famous! http://t.co/SFcGpRF #silotuin

  • http://twitter.com/guerrillahugs/status/92547460521660417 Guerrilla Hugs

    Guerilla gardening in Amsterdam RT @MainavdZwan: Look! My garden is becoming famous! http://t.co/SFcGpRF #silotuin

  • http://twitter.com/alexmitchelleg/status/92578984583364608 Alex Mitchell

    Guerilla gardening in Amsterdam RT @MainavdZwan: Look! My garden is becoming famous! http://t.co/SFcGpRF #silotuin

  • http://twitter.com/lucycorrander/status/92579695819886592 Lucy Corrander

    Guerilla gardening in Amsterdam RT @MainavdZwan: Look! My garden is becoming famous! http://t.co/SFcGpRF #silotuin

  • http://twitter.com/chileangarden/status/92623118677450753 Fernando Ruz

    Guerilla gardening in Amsterdam RT @MainavdZwan: Look! My garden is becoming famous! http://t.co/SFcGpRF #silotuin

  • http://twitter.com/permagriculture/status/92734730419707905 urbanpermaculture

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  • http://twitter.com/hibeep/status/95418010008944640 Hilde Klein

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  • http://twitter.com/twitpapier/status/103178419101114368 Andreas Willemse

    Nog 1x aandacht voor het geweldige Guerilla Gardening-project van mijn grote vriend Maina: http://t.co/McW5u56 #voedsel #duurzaam #020

  • http://twitter.com/twitpapier/status/213222552636633088 Andreas Willemse

    @jellebc Een guerillatuin, ook een optie. http://t.co/GiMRJwZq

  • http://twitter.com/jellebc/status/213228393003618306 Jelle Corstius

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  • http://twitter.com/ptienkamp/status/213231533128028160 Priscilla Tienkamp

    @jellebc Een guerillatuin, ook een optie. http://t.co/GiMRJwZq

  • http://twitter.com/weesblij/status/213243211228004352 Ellen van der Veen

    @jellebc Een guerillatuin, ook een optie. http://t.co/GiMRJwZq

  • http://twitter.com/alexroosje/status/213247317426450432 Alexandra Oosterling

    @jellebc Een guerillatuin, ook een optie. http://t.co/GiMRJwZq

  • http://twitter.com/l1vr/status/213257876133789697 leenvr

    @jellebc Een guerillatuin, ook een optie. http://t.co/GiMRJwZq

  • http://twitter.com/city_playground/status/213304910899453952 CityAsPlayground

    Op de Facebookpagina van City As Playground verzamel ik o.a. initiatieven die bijdragen aan een mooier… http://t.co/vmH3tP3P

  • http://twitter.com/lisajoannad/status/213327894032822272 Lisa Dubbelaar

    Groentetuintjes guerilla in Amsterdam! http://t.co/8lepb6rK Kan ik ook eindelijk een tuintje!

  • http://twitter.com/faaz71/status/213578245508042752 Sander Faas

    @jellebc Een guerillatuin, ook een optie. http://t.co/GiMRJwZq

  • http://twitter.com/petrakramer/status/213580620079693824 Petra Kramer

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  • http://twitter.com/ningpo69/status/242882001911304192 Freddie Sunshine

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