Doetank/Doetuinen

Amsterdam
Jair Schalkwijk
jair@doetank.org
Doetank/Doetuinen
www.doetank.org

PROJECT OVERVIEW
The project has been initiated by a private organization.
In brief, seek Doetuinen are vegetable gardens in residents’ backyards looked after by schoolchildren during school hours. Children are given space of one square meter to use as a kind of school garden, store but one that just happens to be located in someone’s backyard. The activity will benefit both the garden owner sand the kids – the project begins in spring 2011, for sale and an initial group of residents and schoolchildren are already signed up. .
The project “Doetank/Doetuinen” is developed by Jair Schalkwijk with less than 10 people, of which around 70% being volunteers.

LOCATION
The project takes shape at the neighborhood level, especially in/on backyards

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The project is focused on the development of community-based programmes and the co-creation of food activities. At the moment, we work with schoolchildren.
In particular, we concentrate on education for children, growing food using organic methods as growing technique(s).

THE PROJECT AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION. PROBLEMS, NEEDS AND SOLUTIONS
In the development of the project, we had no specific implementation problems. We did not secure political support.
During the implementation, we did not face any regulatory barriers.
From the economic point of view, the project is mostly not sustainable. In particular, we benefit from public funds from the district level and national level.
In order to develop, we will need people/resources, improved visibility, knowledge on growing techniques and cultivation plan.

In conclusion, we really want to think about ways to design Doetuinen also in the future in sustainable way, by letting it develop into an urban tradition.

Posted on 20 March 2011 and filed under content

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