SWOMP

Amsterdam
Alex
depijp@transitiontowns.nl
SWOMP

http://swomp.wordpress.com/

PROJECT OVERVIEW
The project has been initiated by an independent group.
In brief, Free State ‘SWOMP’ was squatted in July 2008 by squatting group De Pijp and Groenfront! Amsterdam. With ecological garden experiment, SWOMP has demonstrated that it is possible to grow food in abandoned areas of our cities with or without the help of the public authorities.
The project “SWOMP” is developed by Alex with in between 10 and 50 people, of which all of them being volunteers.

LOCATION
The project takes shape at the neighborhood level, especially in/on empty buildings or spaces

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 local, international, socially disadvantaged groups, alternative communities and skilled professionals.
In particular, we concentrate on community gardens and neighborhood activities, growing food using permaculture as growing technique(s).

THE PROJECT AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION. PROBLEMS, NEEDS AND SOLUTIONS
In the development of the project, we encountered implementation problems, such as lack of support/cooperation from private landowners. In order to cope with the problem, we tried to squat the land. We did not secure political support.
While setting up and developing the project, with regard to regulatory barriers, we found that the public policy did not support the activities. From the economic point of view, the project is not sustainable.
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In order to develop, we will need policy support and maintenance.

Posted on 20 March 2011 and filed under content

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