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.
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.
A couple of years ago Ilja decided to be an organic urban farmer and went to the Warmonderhof. That’s how she ended up at Pluk. Now she can say she lost her heart and especially to the soil. Without healthy soil, no future.
The wonder of a seed turning into a vegetable, is extraordinary. Working outside and seeing the seasons change is one of the things she likes the most. Ilja is also teaching children about farming in the city, foodsystems and biodiversity. She believes, you have to teach the new generation to make a change! She is thinking of to start a regenrative farm with a big herbgarden so she can make all sorts of oils, creams and tea.
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.