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permaculture in Amsterdam

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Location: Amsterdam, the netherlands
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i dont really see a section to introduce myself, so ill just do that here?

i allready introduced the swomp project in the 'europe' part but that doesnt seem to be a very lively section of the forum. http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/2749_0/europe/swomp-permaculture-in-amsterdam

its a vacant lot which we 'squatted' and build our home, the last 1,5 year we've lived and learned there in a beautifull way, which was always open to the public.

by now, together with some neighbours we started a transition town initiative, which organizes lots of workshops in craftsmanship, permaculture, gardening on small surfaces (balconnies and small shady backgardens), mushroom growing etcetera etcetera.

This coming year i've been hired by the community centre to develop a project in the public park here. The aim is double: first is to increase the ecological value of a part of the park, second is to get the inhabitants of this neighbourhood more involved in the use and development of public space, in this case the public green.

What we will do is increasing all ecologically natural systems by permaculture methods, and thus creating an edible and educational (little) landscape. through the bushes in this part we will make a little path, a "forrestwalk" which is intended also for educational uses. so in the second part of this year we hope to be ready for after-school educational projects, about the complex nature of eco-systems.

We have the same aim for our squatted alottment. we hope to arrange something with the local government who owns the site. With some funding we could probably get, we could build an education centre for sustainible development. (oh oh, there's the S word again) with a little strawbale classroom. (at the moment we built a strawbale house as living room and kitchen, we sleep in caravans, but this house is more a pimped up shed, fine for squatters like us but doesnt suit for a classroom...)

Recently we have planted 7 fruit trees and constructed a number of raised beds based on the design of the dutch permaculture school. next to that we will have a little testcase square bed where traditional dig and plough techniques are used for comparisation. next to that a grassy area with a little greenhouse (in our defense its built from recycled materials, but where not too impressed by its advantages anyway). and next to that a little showcase backgarden with a veranda as showcase balconny, these are closest to the fence and visible from the sidewalk.

being intensively busy with permaculture on a site like that you learn much and very fast. but i do start to feel limited cos its been, apart from some workshops, fully autodidact. so this year i plan to two PDC 72 hour courses. The one here in holland, on the pc school, which is a weekend aevery month, for 8 months. and a 15 days PDC crash course in the german eco village "Sieben Linden".

Quite a lot of (maybe to you uninteresting) information in this post, but i tried to introduce myself, and give you sort of an idea of who i am. I am not really into computers, of digital forums, so im tying to get a hang of this unpesonal way of communication.

Anyway, please take a minute to stroll our site, lots of interesting stuff and nice pictures there. all fotos on it are from last season, and we still had a lot to learn about permaculture then as you will see (ahum, we still have), also we have improved a our layout of the gardens a great deal this winter and the garden will work/look/produce so much better this year. Keep in mind that we started out with a completely empty site wich just had beach sand piled on it.
some pics from last june:

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