Pluk! CSA, Workshops, Children, Garden Consultations, Tours & Outings
Ann is an urban farmer, educator, beekeeper and worm composter. She studied urban agriculture at the University of Guelph (distance learning) and at Warmonderhof in the Netherlands, and has a Permaculture Design Certificate from Linder van den Heerik. She was the communications coordinator for the global environmental federation Friends of the Earth International for 16 years before she decided to take the leap into urban agriculture in 2011. In 2017, she co-initiated a Community Supported Agriculture farm in Amsterdam that will feed around 75 families in 2018. Originally from New England, she has lived and gardened in Amsterdam for more than two decades. She brings a love of coordination and bringing people together to the Cityplot team.
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Born to a family of very conventional tomato and mango farmers in northeastern Australia, Kylie has travelled extensively and lived abroad for the last 14 years. Using her background in media art and youth education, she has developed creative projects and lessons for museums, libraries and schools. Kylie was already busy with worm composting and a humble city windowsill garden when she stumbled across Ann giving a passionate wormshop in Amsterdam’s Westerpark in 2012. Since then, she has followed a number of the Cityplot courses, and the humble windowsill has developed into a thriving and very productive suburban plot complete with chickens. With her creative background and good command of the Dutch language, Kylie assists Cityplot in the development and implementation of our youth-focused activities and workshops.
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Sofie was born in a city in the South of the Netherlands, but played in the forest and among edible plants while growing up. She studied international relations and sustainable development. Her hunger for the culture and nature in other countries has brought her to South America, the Middle East and Africa. She completed her Masters in Sustainable Development in South Africa. She previously worked as a coordinator for the IMC Weekendschool, a programme for children in underprivileged neighbourhoods to help them gain trust and motivation for future careers. With Cityplot, she combines her passion for sustainable food with education and children. She loves to see children falling in love with chickens, and to collaborate in a team to get work done at the Pluk! farm. Besides Cityplot, she is involved in project management and consultancy around sustainability.
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ROSA VAN GIESSEN
Gardens, Consultations, Children, Bike tours
While writing a thesis on urban agriculture during her political science studies, Rosa became infected (and slightly obsessed) with the idea of growing her own food. After finishing an internship at a community garden in Amsterdam, she followed a year-long Permaculture Design Course with Fransjan de Waard in 2013. She started a community garden in the centre of Amsterdam together with two other women, and in the years that followed she taught courses and workshops about edible gardening and a variety of related topics such as foraging and eating from the wild. The past year she dug even deeper, and traveled around the world to work and live in several important permaculture projects, including Plants for a Future and the Balkan Ecology Project. She even lived completely self-sufficiently together with her big hero and writer Nikki van Schyndel on the rugged west coast of Canada.
Rosa believes that letting people grow their own food is the best way to reconnect humanity with nature, which is the most important challenge we now face. She designs edible gardens, plants them up, gives professional garden advice and teaches workshops and courses - all with great passion!
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Fatema grew up in the concrete jungle of Mumbai, India but has always had an affinity for trees. She is trained as an industrial engineer specialised in environment and resource management, and after almost ten years of work experience is now starting up as a freelance researcher and consultant focusing on systems thinking in sustainable development, based out of Amsterdam. She is an enthusiastic novice when it comes to urban farming, and experiments with balcony gardening and worm composting at home.
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Pia, raised in rural England, started her own farm-to-fork catering company in the UK, forging relationships with local farmers and producers. It was during this time that the principles of food sovereignty and global food systems piqued her interest, and this spurred a move to California's Bay Area, a hub for urban agriculture. Here she immersed herself in several hands-on permaculture, school garden and community resilience projects, focused on growing nutritious food in the surrounding food deserts. She studied for her Permaculture Design Certificate with renowned permaculture designer Dave Boehnlein. After WWOOFing at several permaculture farms in the US and Spain, Pia moved to Berlin, where she now works as an urban gardener at an intercultural community garden for refugees near Tempelhofer Feld, specialising in beekeeping and biodynamic farming. As part of the Cityplot team, Pia shares her knowledge of urban farming by coordinating Berlin's urban garden bike tours, and collaborating in Cityplot's workshop series and the Berlin Cityplot gardens.
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Workshops, Gardens, Garden Consultations & Permaculture Planning
Leonie has a background in architecture, the fine arts and permaculture. Since having left her family’s off-grid homestead and extensive garden in small-town South Australia, she has lived amongst the urban populations of Australia, Germany, the US and the Netherlands. Her theoretical research in restoration ecology in the cultural sector, undertaken as part of studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, triggered her to initiate Cityplot over ten years ago.
Leonie is a zealous food grower, and coordinates the workshop programme and gardens in Berlin. She also undertakes architectural and urban planning projects with a strong permaculture perspective. Her aim in the coming years (already in action!) is to live a self-sufficient lifestyle and to delve even deeper into the worlds of ethnobotany and deep ecology.
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Though born and raised in Amsterdam, Annelies has always been fascinated by the natural world. She obtained master’s degrees in biology and education, and worked as a secondary school science teacher in different countries for seven years, while spending most of her free time on organic farms. She trained at the Warmonderhof biodynamic farming school for a year, and is eager to share her knowledge of sustainable food production.
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Workshops, Garden Consultations
Marlies grew up in a little village in the countryside in the north of the Netherlands. She moved to Amsterdam when she was 19, and started working as a communications advisor specialising in urban development. In 2017, she earned her degree in biodynamic agriculture with a focus on urban farming at Warmonderhof. Now she combines her work as a communications specialist with her work as a farmer. Marlies loves to share her knowledge and skills, both by advising farmers on how to improve their PR and communications, and by training city dwellers in starting to make little, possible and enjoyable steps towards growing their own organic food, composting and recycling.
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Chair of the Cityplot Foundation Board, Pluk! CSA
A food-loving environmentalist, Henriette is passionate about everything related to changing the current food system: from growing food more locally and sustainably, to preparing food with minimal environmental impact. A biologist by training, she discovered her love for gardening in one of Cityplot’s community gardens in Amsterdam. She is working on environmental topics in a sustainability certification organisation, and spends most of her free time either producing (as in farming the vegetables) or preparing vegetarian/vegan food for different causes. Henriette is active in the Pluk! Groenten van West CSA project, and is the Chair of the Cityplot Foundation Board.
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Tom is a born and bred New Zealander, a country he loves dearly for its beautiful natural environments. He acknowledges that these landscapes contrast sharply with sprawling and poorly designed urban environments, and has come to Europe to learn from and be a part of more progressive urban development. Tom has an architectural background, and has studied to a postgraduate level and worked in offices for a number of years. He has a particular focus on urban common space, which he sees as an often vastly under-utilised opportunity to grow and source food in a way that creates strong, resilient and happy communities. Tom is currently training up with the Berlin team. He is also currently trying to come to terms with the lack of diving and spearfishing opportunities available to him in Germany.
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AllyAllan brings a strong business acumen to the table, whilst coming from a humanitarian angle. Having started life in Africa, where the air was clean and the horizon far away, he would like to see city dwellers enjoying the basics of what he once took so much for granted. Nowadays, his ideal working role combines his engineering, business and sales skills with his emotions. Being part of something new that is based on good ethical and moral standards make his heart sing! Combining strong interpersonal relationship skills with excellent administrative ability, Allan’s role within Cityplot is focused on the business interactions required for the success and growth of the overall vision.Contact Allan: email@example.com
Workshops, Restaurants, Children, Garden Consultations
Born in India, Suzanne grew up surrounded by the intensive cultivation practiced in Kerala kitchen gardens and soaked up the interdependencies inherent in holistic, organic agriculture. She studied art and design in Bombay, and worked in publishing in Dubai and marketing in Toronto. In Toronto she rediscovered her calling by growing vegetables in the backyard, learning about composting, and working in the farmer’s markets. In Amsterdam, with her plentiful hands-on urban food growing experience, becoming part of Cityplot came about very naturally. She has trained with Patrick Whitefield in permaculture and now experiments with self sufficiency in her allotment garden. Suzanne is actively involved in local community gardens, breeds red wriggler worms, and provides garden consultations and a variety of workshops.
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Children, Tours & Outings
Sameena is a nature lover with a green beating heart. She grew up in Pakistan and Kenya, and is now lives during the growing season in her mother’s birth city of Amsterdam. She studied fine arts and social/cultural anthropology, and has traveled around South America and Europe gardening and doing natural building in eco-communities. She has worked and volunteered on different aspects of the food chain, from source to plate, on organic farms, in restaurants, and in shops. She got her Permaculture Design Certificate in Bulgaria, has knowledge about wild herbs, and is a natural beekeeper. She is also involved in many different community garden projects, and give workshops on nature and gardening to adults and children. Her goal is to promote healthy and sustainable living, and to help the regrowth of nature in the city.
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HELDER DIAS PINTO
Restaurants, Garden Consultations, Children
Helder Eduardo Dias Pinto is an Amsterdam native of Portuguese descent. From a young age he gathered with his family in the urban gardens of his grandparents and uncle, securing a strong bond with nature. Having explored a variety of creative professions including hairdressing and styling, Helder has returned to his passion – gardening – over the past few years. With his deep knowledge of plant varieties and a creative approach to garden planning, he has enjoyed educating children at school gardens and working alongside other Cityplot members at restaurant gardens. With his strong affinity for growing flowering plants and vegetables, he is keen to continue developing his experiences,
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As a city child, I was allowed to pick ripe strawberries from the neighbours' gardens. The wonder of growing your own vegetables is so beautiful that I want to share it with other urbanites, and especially children. Working in the garden is good for your health, and city people in particular can use some green energy. Connecting people with each other and connecting children with nature gives me a wonderful feeling.My background is as production leader in film, and my interest is sociology. I use these experiences to organise, to connect, and to help adults and children understand what green and nature can do for them. See, feel, smell, taste.
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Leila has grown up surrounded by fresh food grown on site and living lightly on the Earth. Even as a ten-year-old she managed to step in for her mother and successfully troubleshoot for a Cityplot consultation. Currently amidst her studies in Graphic Design, she supports Cityplot with her talents – whilst encouraging her fellow workmates to steer clear of disposable coffee cups!
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Gardens & Garden consultations
Born and raised in Barcelona, Júlia is our Mediterranean representative. Her love story with permaculture and urban gardening began a few years ago while attending Leonie's Cityplot workshops in Berlin.
Since then, Júlia has worked on several permaculture farms and in eco villages in South America, Morocco and Spain, as well as at the Pluk! CSA in Amsterdam. She has solid knowledge in garden planning and sustainable living. She obtained her PDC at the Institut de Permacultura Montsant in 2017 and is currently studying regenerative agriculture, holistic management and food forest systems for drylands.
She is currently starting up our new Cityplot branch in Barcelona.
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Pluk! CSA, Children
Kiki studied at Warmonderhof, the Dutch school for biodynamic agriculture, and joined Cityplot shortly thereafter. She has a Permaculture Design Certificate from Linder van den Heerik. In addition to growing veggies and herbs at the Pluk! garden, she also cooks in the kitchen and works in the orchards at the Fruittuin van West. She can spend hours observing a snail having a snack, and is inspired by the leaf of a bulb fennel.
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Workshops, Tours & Outings, Restaurants, Garden Consultations
Born and raised in France, Marie’s early connection with nature lead her to study agriculture and food engineering in France and in Brazil. Her first job as organic auditor in Brazil gave her unique and unforgettable opportunities to meet and connect with local producers. She became inspired by their beautiful farms, and started gardening to get fresh ingredients for her kitchen. After moving to Amsterdam to work for an NGO, she reached a point where she felt like she was giving all of her energy to the office. But when she started helping a local with her garden, she noticed how energised and happy she felt with her hands in the earth. In 2015, Marie did a course to be an agroecology trainer at Terre et Humanisme in France, and started to work in community gardens as part of an internship with Cityplot. Since then, she has been practicing and improving her skills in her allotment garden, where she aims to be self sufficient someday. Starting in 2018, in addition to her freelance work as a fair trade auditor, she will be regularly involved in various Cityplot activities.
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Member of the Cityplot Foundation Board, Pluk! CSA
Hilda has been involved with the Pluk! Groenten van West CSA from the start, as she believes in localising the way we eat and consume. She loves to get her hands dirty in the field and to empty her mind in the beautiful environment of the Fruittuin van West. She became inspired to work towards the transition towards a localised economy after a four-month hike on the Great Himalaya Trail in 2014. She has lived, worked and WWOOFed in several countries and also works as a freelancer in the field of health and sustainability. Hilda’s interest lies in encouraging people to create a sustainable, future-proof society on a healthy planet.
Originally educated in the arts at Goldsmiths University (London UK), Charles works across multiple disciplines including political ecology, permaculture and mycology. In 2015 he completed a Permaculture Design Course in central Portugal and is now studying for a masters in Climate Change and International Development at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK). His interests are primarily in the convergence of forest conservation, food security, indigenous knowledge systems and climate change adaptation. In addition to working with Cityplot Berlin, he is currently experimenting with mycoremediation (using fungi to remove contamination) at his allotment space and implementing sustainable solutions for the organisation unMonastery in Kokkinopilos Greece. He is also collaborating on a film at the Svalbard Seed Bank in Norway around the emerging visual narratives of control and catastrophe in the Anthropocene.
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