Yes, it is true, this year we are gonna host the third edition of our Food Autonomy Festival (FAF)! And not only that. Because the last two years were such a blast, we are expanding the FAF this year from a one-day event into a three day agricultural action-camp! The festival will take place in support of the threatened organic farm Boterbloem/Lutkemeerpolder, against the SADC Schiphol airport-oriented business park and the corporate concrete and plastic profit-driven world that needs this destruction.By Sameena Seeds Sower

Where: Lutkemeerpolder in Osdorp (Lutkemeerweg 262, 1067 TH Amsterdam)

With this festival at the Lutkemeerpolder we support the organic Boterbloem farm, which is located here since 1916. Over the past 20 years the City of Amsterdam tried to build a business area on the farmland. The farm resisted and still uses the land for food produce. However, the surrounding area is been developed now, and soon they want to start in the last part. It is historic landscaping and the last fertile ground of Amsterdam.

When: Friday, 31.05 (8 am) til Sunday, 02.06. (2 pm)

What it is about: From chemical fertilizers for large-scale monocultures to farm machinery and food processing and transport, the industrial food system heavily relies on fossil fuels. The consequences cannot be ignored any longer: climate change, ecological crisis, destruction of livelihoods… We need to take action! How can we move towards a fossil free agriculture and food system? During the FAF, various collectives will present concrete alternatives to become autonomous from agro-industrial corporations and fossil fuels. From practical activities to talks and debates on agroecology, urban farming and land struggles… Everyone will have the opportunity to contribute and be part of a necessary transition. Let’s get together to organise our fight against the industrial food system!

How to get there: From central station you can take the train to Station Lelylaan. There take the Tram 1 (direction Osdorp De Aker) until Amsterdam, Matterhorn. From there it is a 15 minute walk. With the bike it is a beautiful 35 minute ride from Central Station.

By Sameena Seeds Sower

Camping: We offer free camping from Thursday (30.05.) evening until Sunday midday (02.06.) at the festival. We have toilets and water stations, but will not have showers.

Fees: The festival is free, however donations in cash would be greatly appreciated. None of the organisers, speakers or people giving workshops are getting paid, everything is being organised on a voluntary basis. However, there are costs associated with infrastructure and therefore we would kindly suggest a donation of 8 euro per day. Also the food, which is provided by “Le Sabot”, is based on donations, and the kitchen collective suggests 7 euro per day for coffee, tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dogs at the festival: We would appreciate if you would not bring your dog, because we have a full kids program which will hopefully attract a lot of kids. If there is no option for you to not bring your dog, please keep it on a leash and clean after it.

What to bring: If you like to camp, please bring your camping equipment. Please also bring cash, we do not have any opportunity to pay by card. For people who would like to join the farming workshop on Friday (10 am til 12 pm), please bring a bike, if possible. For the yoga classes it would be great if people could bring their own matts.

Accessibility: While there will be an accessible toilet on the terrein and we will try to make some wooden pathways, the ground at the camp is very uneven, which could be difficult to move across for some folks. If you have a specific need you can contact us to get more information about how we can try to accommodate it, at info@aseed.net

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: We are still in need for people to help building up the festival on Thursday, the 31st of May in the afternoon and dismantling the camp on the 2nd of June from 2 pm. If you would like to help, please contact us under info@aseed.net

PROGRAMME:

YOU CAN FIND MORE INFO ON THE EVENTS BELOW.

Friday, 31.05.

08:00 – 09:00 Yoga (please bring a matt, if possible)
08:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 12:15 Farming Work at the Lutkemeer Tuinen or Pluk (please bring a bike, if possible)
Get your hands dirty! We kick off our festival with this practical hands-on workshop, which will take place at the Lutkemeer Tuinen and the farm Pluk (10 min bike ride from the Boterbloem farm). There you will learn how to harvest seasonal fruits and vegetables. Bring some clothes that can get dirty!
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:15 – 15:15 Lecture: Veganism and its relation to food autonomy
For many people, eating vegan feels like a big sacrifice to make, like something that imposes on your own personal freedom to eat whatever you want. However, many vegans feel a great sense of liberation, freedom and autonomy after having become vegan. Sure, it is great to know you are doing less harm, but there is some greater benefit that comes with choosing veganism: the freedom to choose an independent relationship with non-human animals. In this talk on “veganism and the share economy”, Marloes Boere, who grew up on a dairy farm, will give a talk on how veganism increases your autonomy. She works for ProVeg, an organisation that envisions a world where everyone chooses delicious and healthy food that is good for all humans, animals, and our planet.
14:15 – 15:15 Workshop: Fermentation
In this workshop you will learn the basics on how to ferment vegetables. 
15:30 – 16:30 Lecture: Spiritual Ecology
Spiritual Ecology recognises that we need a spiritual response to our present ecological, social, economic and political crisis. It acknowledges that life, all life, is sacred and invites us to act in service of life. In the words of Barbara Sargent, Spiritual Ecology ‘seeks to heal unspeakable wounds and tries to rebuild the fabric of our lives together with the Earth’. In doing so, it is, or at least holds the potential to be, an intersectional approach to creating change in our society. In this 1 hour mix of talk and workshop by Maaike Boumans, founder of Bright Future Lab, she will explore Spiritual Ecology through embodied practices and conversation.
15:30 – 16:30 Workshop: Peasant struggles for land and agroecology
In this workshop Leonardo van Berg will give a presentation about peasant struggles for land and agroecology in the Netherlands and internationally. Leonardo is a board member of Toekomstboeren, an organisation of Dutch peasant farmers and member of La Via Campesina.
16:45 – 17:45 Workshop: Self-sufficient and off-grid
Strohplatz explains warmth water energy and sustainable toilet use. This might be interesting for you when you are building a tiny house, or when you are (re)building your place in an as much sustainable and environment friendly way as possible.
16:45 – 17:45 Workshop: How to make vegan mozzarella
We are happy to announce that Dennis Spronk, the founder of FreeYou, a company that helps people to live healthier and happier, will join our Food Autonomy Festival and shows us how to make vegan mozzarella
16:45 – 19:00 Panel: How to support local farmers?
A diverse collection of groups, organizations and initiatives intent on resisting the further expansion of the industrial food system are emerging at growing rates. This resistance movement aims to create a food system that is fair and equitable to people and environment understanding small scale farmers and local food production/distribution the key to achieve food sovereignty. The aim of this panel discussion is to present several solutions to the current corporate-capitalist food system showing cases which are successful in supporting small scale farmers in different ways. From farmers collectives to CSA’s and food coops we’ll be sharing and learning about these projects and discussing about policies and tools to help small scale farmers.
18:00 – 19:00 Lecture: Police Spokes Person
If you are ready to get more involved in direct action, from squatting to infrastructure blocking, it’s always good to have a handle on what your rights are, and what the rights of the police are. Come to this workshop for some practical advice from experienced police spokespeople on how to talk with the police, how much information you have to share and tips on how to stay calm and make space for yourself in these sorts of confrontations. Practice makes perfect!
18:00 – 19:00 Lecture: Farming and the share ecomony
The German farm Karlahof, which describes itself as “communal subsistence” or “non-capitalist agriculture” is joining the FAF with a lecture on “Farming and the share economy”. The Karlahof does not want to attach value to their products and therefore they are not intended for sale and not for equal exchange relations, therefore most of the crops are donated. With this project, Karlahof wants to inspire thoughts on alternatives to capitalist production and trade relations. The lecture invites people to brainstorm with one person from the farm on how they can envision production of goods and food in a utopian society.
19:00 – 20:30 Dinner
21:00 – 22:30
 Night Programme
Music:
Flipping Bitches
Borka Balogh
Performance:
Storytelling

Saturday, 01.06.

08:00 – 09:00 Yoga and ecological meditation (please bring a matt, if possible)
08:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 11:00 Lecture: Food Journey
How many of us have really explored our everyday experience of food? The lecture “Food Journey” takes each participant on a multi-sensory, immersive experience which traces the story of food from a place of beginnings, to our everyday popular food outlets and then beyond into a space of deep reflection and sharing with each other where we find ourselves in the world of food today.
10:00 11:00 Guided Tour at the Boterbloem
During this walk we will hear about the ongoing struggle to save the Boterbloem organic farm, the fertile soil of the wider Lutkemeerpolder, about the history of the farm, and how Behoud Lutkemeer is resisting the construction plans of a business park.
11:15 – 12:15 Workshop: Growing Mushrooms
In this workshop on “mushroom growing”, you will learn about the ecological role of fungi and its use cases. Particularly why the oyster mushroom is great to grow at home. You’ll build your own home-growing kit from recycled materials.
Important: Remember to bring a used 1.5 – 3 liter plastic bucket with a lid.
11:15 – 12:15 Info talk: Free the Soil
Learn more about the campaign “Free the Soil” at the FAF! Radical action is a rational response to the destruction caused by the industrial food system and the synthetic fertilizer industry it depends on. That is why participants of the Free the Soil campaign will block infrastructure in a mass civil disobedience action at one of the largest production plants of nitrogen fertilizers in Europe, Yara’s facility in Brunsbüttel (Germany) in September of this year. In this info talk, learn more about how synthetic fertilizers contribute to the climate crisis, the exploitative practices of production giant Yara, and how to get involved in shutting them down.
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
11:15 – 16:30 Action Training
Stroomversnellers is a trainers collective that provides training to groups working on social and environmental justice – and we are lucky to have them at the FAF. They will give an introduction to civil disobedience and direct action. This workshop will also have tips for those preparing for upcoming mass actions, like Ende Gelände and Free The Soil.
14:15 – 16:30 Panel: Intersectionality and food justice
ASEED is honoured to host a diversity of distinguished guest speakers in a panel on intersectionality and food justice. Luz Cruz whose “identities as a Queer Trans Person of Colour working in agriculture and food sovereignty for a colony of the United States puts her in a position where she offers a perspective that is different than most”. Also Mama D, a community researcher and learning facilitator who embraces and endorses the ways of the Earth in terms of diversity and intersectionality from a place of pluriversal consciousness and practice, joins our panel. Furthermore, we can confirm the presence of members of the Mwanamke Afrofeminist Collective in Belgium and Oona Morrow à critical and feminist geographer with expertise in food justice and alternative food networks.
14:15 – 15:15 Workshop: Edible plants
In this workshop you get an introduction on how to distinguish edible from non-edible plants that are growing in Northern Europe.
15:30 – 16:30 Lecture: Food Forest
Wouter van Eck will give a talk about the role of food forests as a future farming system. What are food forests, what are the benefits and is it more productive or cost effective than regular commercial agricultural system? Can it feed a growing world population? We’ll discuss all these topics during the workshop.
16:45 – 17:45 Workshop: Guerilla Gardening
16:45 – 17:45: Workshop: Permaculture
We are happy to announce that Anna’s Tuin will be holding a workshop on permaculture at the FAF. Permaculture is a creative design process based on whole-systems thinking informed by ethics and design principles that feature on this site. Born from a student initiative, Anna’s Tuin & Ruigte is a green place with permaculture design that aims to create an urban ecological corridor that serves both nature and neighbourhood.
16:45 – 19:00 Panel: Radical Action as a rational response
The word radical is politically understood more often that not to be associated with being extreme. Extreme in views, or measures taken. And being extreme is typically perceived as negative. However, radical can also mean getting to the root of something. If we want to get the the root of the problems we see around us; structural inequality, the reckless destruction of the planet, and the rise in openly fascist political parties then perhaps it’s time to question whether “radical” is such a negative thing to be. In order to negate the worst effects of climate change we must indeed change the world around us radically. For a panel discussion at the FAF we have invited different direct action groups to speak about who they are, why they take action, and how they do it. From mass actions, to secretly planned disruptive performances we’ve got a few views on how to stand up for what you believe. Members of Fossil Free Culture, Code Rood, Extinction Rebellion, Gastivists, and Free the Soil will all be joining for this discussion. Want to know more about what it means to disobey and how to do it? Then this is certainly a discussion you will enjoy. Bring your questions and thoughts as well, this panel is intended to be an open discussion!
18:00 – 19:00 Workshop: Singing
Wanna prove your beautiful voice? Then this singing workshop will be your chance to shine! The group will be singing simple songs from various traditions about nature, land and connection to place – and the fight to keep land in public hands!
18:00 – 19:00 Lecture: Cherish the Soil
The soil is alive. Numerous bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, insects, mammals and plant roots form a complex community of organisms that are mutually dependent. Together, they create the conditions conducive to life. In this lecture Marc Siepman explains the relations in the soil and lets you look in whole new way to soil life and plants and the health they can bring if we loosen our grip.
19:00 – 20:30 Dinner and Food Autonomy Festival official talk
21:00 – 22:30 Night Programme

Music:
Florian
Bucket Boyz
Black Tarantula
Bastard Child of Vaudeville

Performance:
Government Shutdown and/or Wikileaks by Ewan

Sunday, 02.06.

08:00 – 09:00 Aikido
08:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 11:00 Surprise event
10:00 – 11:00 Workshop: Acid-Alkaline life savings account
Dennis Spronk, the founder of FreeYou, a company that helps people to live healthier and happier, wills how how to improve your health by alkalising your body (balancing your pH level).
11:15 – 12:15 Reflection
11:15 – 12:15 Workshop: Ecosystem restauration
The South-East of Spain is under threat of climate change and over-exploitation of natural resources. This talk on Ecosystem restoration will focus on how local people are using landscape restoration and legal struggles to fight back. The speaker will present the combined effects of climate change and overexploitation of natural resources in the region of Sorbas, threatening the local ecosystem.
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
From 14:00 Dismantling of the camp

FOOD AUTONOMY FESTIVAL 2018

There will be a children’s programme throughout the whole festival. Find the programme here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2337798469810136/

You can find the main event of the festival here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/211584496453865/