Ann has a long history of growing food in the city, and is particularly fond of seeds, herbs, bees and worms. After working for many years with campaigning group Friends of the Earth International, she studied urban farming at Warmonderhof and did a permaculture design course with Linder van den Heerik. She coordinates the Amsterdam branch of urban farming collective Cityplot, which encourages people to grow their own food on balconies, rooftops and windowsills and at schools, restaurants and community gardens. 2019 will be her third year at the Pluk! farm.
Since doing her cultural anthropology master’s fieldwork at the Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm in India in 2015, Annie has dedicated herself to learning how to farm organically. The process from sowing a seed, watering it, giving it love and attention, watching it grow and then harvesting and tasting the bounties is something that inspires her immensely. She has worked on various small scale farms in the UK, and in the Netherlands. She is also involved in raising awareness of the damaging and harmful effects of industrial agriculture through her work with ASEED, on the Fossil Free Agriculture and Free the Soil campaigns.
Annelies was born and raised in Amsterdam but has always had a fascination for the natural world. She studied and taught biology in different countries, while spending most of her free time on organic farms. She was a student at Warmonderhof in 2013-2014 and around the same time joined Ann at the urban farming collective Cityplot to teach workshops. Becoming an organic farmer is a dream come true for Annelies. She loves to be part of a community of people who understand that nothing is more important in life than access to healthy food.