Amsterdam Zuidoost Food Forest
In 2018 the municipality of Amsterdam commissioned the Urbaniahoeve Foundation to collaborate with residents and officials in transforming urban greens into a public space food forest in Amsterdam Zuidoost’s K-district. Unit-ing the peri-urban ecological framework with the Nelson Mandela park, the Amsterdam Zuidoost Food Forest (VBAZO) footprint comprises 56 hectares of mini-orchards and habitats and nectar-rich pocket woodlands, united through wildflower meadows in formerly intensively mown (and rarely accessed) urban lawns. Through walking exercises in the area, community members strategically chose urban greens for intervention based upon green parcel proximity to their homes and the parcel’s contribution to biodiversity defragmention. Collaboratively planted with project-trained members, the green parcels are now supported through official policy developed with the municipal stakeholder group that co-governs VBAZO.