MEET THE Farmers

Co-founder of Pluk! and farmer at Pluk! @ Boterbloem
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 helps to coordinate 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.


Farmer @ Pluk! @ Fruittuin
Coming from the Catalan countryside from a small-farm family background, Edu studied Environmental Science in Barcelona and has been involved for a long time in community urban gardens and local activist grassroots movements. Edu moved to Amsterdam three years ago and he has been working on different projects such as Greenpeace International and the Knotwilg Organic Farm. Currently he combines the work at Pluk! with a part-time position at ASEED developing a coordination role campaigning against industrial agriculture.

Farmer @ Pluk! @ Fruittuin
After a long career in contemporary arts, Genevieve made the leap to join the PLUK farming team in 2022. Finding ways to access better food production from within Amsterdam was what led her to enroll in one of Ann Doherty’s inspiring urban growing workshops via Cityplot. Having a deeper understanding of the nourishing world at our feet, fast became a passion, and after several years of involvement in local green projects, she was able to join Pluk! for a year long internship. Gen currently combines working at Pluk! with regenerative farming studies, with a focus on no-dig farming.

Farmer at Pluk! @ Boterbloem
Hieke loves working at Pluk!; it is a privilege to be able to work outside, hair in the wind and with the company of birds, butterflies and insects. By growing organically, she wants to contribute to more biodiversity, a healthier soil and fresh air and she can give people in the city the opportunity to choose vegetables that do not harm the planet. Building communities is very important to her; together with farmer-colleagues, interns, volunteers, harvesters and visitors, she tries to make every day on the land a special one! If you meet Hieke during weeding, sowing, planting or crop care, you can always start a conversation about sustainability, the weather, the state of the world and life in general.

Farmer at Pluk! @ Fruittuin
Ilyanna first started her journey into growing food in her late teens as a London allotment holder. Over the following decade she continued to grow her own food alongside developing her career as an illustrator. Over the last few years Ilyanna became more involved in community growing projects as she began to see how transformative local, organic, and bio-diverse food can be for the health of communities and the planet. Ilyanna came to Pluk 2 and a half years ago and after completing an internship there in 2021 Ilyanna joined the team as a farmer in April 2022. She spends half her time farming at Pluk and the other half working as a freelance illustrator for clients including Waitrose and The Health Foundation.

Farmer at Pluk! @ Fruittuin
After studying anthropology and working in the social field, Irma first encountered  organic agriculture and agro-ecology at a CSA in Brazil. There she experienced how the answers to the many global problems lay right there, in our soil, our food and community building. Back in the Netherlands ,she took the opportunity to start Warmonderhof to learn more about agriculture in the practical sense. With farming, Irma is exploring how we can repair and rebuild our relationship with the land through working with it, and how we can strengthen the position of farmers. She is active in Toekomstboeren and the Agroecology Network.

Farmer at Pluk! @ Boterbloem
Marie-José has just finished her studies at the Warmonderhof and is very happy that she can work with Pluk! to create a wonderful place together and grow beautiful vegetables in a sustainable way. It's great to be outside, enjoying the carrots that are coming up, the spoonbill that flies over, the cabbages that look lovely in a freshly weeded bed, and wondering what kind of beautiful beetle is walking around. 
She lives in Landsmeer, together with her partner Gijs and daughters Milou and Amber.