Do you know where your food comes from? Do you want to take food in your own hands and make the food chain shorter between the farmers and consumers? Do you also want to know more about the struggle against GMOs and industrial farming that is dominated by big companies? Do you want to organize actions against the meat industry and the imports of animal feed? But you are also interested in producing your own food on a sustainable, climate neutral, autonomous and social way? Are you not afraid of getting your hands dirty in a workshop? All of these and more will be covered during the camp. We invite activists, slow-foodies, farmers, gardeners, students, animal friends and people who want to learn and share skills on sustainable agriculture to come to the camp. Mark your agendas and join in!
Last year the first Agriculture Action Camp in The Netherlands took place in the Flevopolder with 70 participants camping on an organic farm for three days. We had a program full of workshops and discussions, and two actions close to the camp against GM crops and soy greenwashing. The participants opted for a replay, so here comes the second camp once again with an interesting programme of workshops, trainings, action and nice atmosphere.
agriculture action camp
We are getting closer to the date it is all going to start, the location will be in the
city of Den Bosch (or ‘s Hertogenbosch) in and around a squatted community garden project
Graafse Hof in a residential area in the East of the city. The workshop program is
getting more and more concrete. Confirmed are amongst other things: GMO update by
Greenpeace, GMO field liberation movements by FLM Belgium (more contributions/examples
from similar movements in other countries welcome!!), introduction into different forms
of sustainable agriculture systems (biodynamic, agroecology, permaculture), seed saving,
worm composting, getting to know your gardening tools, action trainings by Vredesactie,
tractor driving, talks with and working with farmers, food sovereignty: what does it
mean, European movement, concrete examples, and more to come. The program starts on
Thursday 5th in the evening and goes on till Monday 9th July.
Give a Workshop?
Want to come and give a workshop yourself? Great! We are in particularly interested to
hear about reclaim the fields land occupation actions, or similar campaigns/initiatives
going on, as well as the Reclaim the fields movement in general. Also looking for
someone who can tell more about the European Campaign for Seed Sovereignty. But anything
relevant, you’re welcome to propose.
Info stall @ mini alternative agro fair on Saturday 7 July, 13.00?
Saturday we want to focus on getting more mainstream people to participate in the camp.
The workshops are more introductory and their will be a small fair. Want to have stall to
spread materials from your project or action group? Let us know.
Networking @ Worldcafe on Saturday 7 July, 20.00
Saturdaynight we will turn a tent into a nice cafe, where everyone can come to exchange
ideas and examples. Organisations, Initiatives and Individuals have the opportunity for
reservating a table, where people can sit around to have informal conversations. Want to
have a table your project/initiative/campaign? read more here:
Monday July 9 will have a focus on doing one or more actions. Possible targets/topics are
mentioned in the call out from before. The camp will decide collectively what it will
become at the beginning of the weekend.
Finances & travel costs reimbursements
We have some funding for the camp but not enough to cover all costs, so we would ask a
participants for a contribution of 7,50 if you come 1 day, less per day if you stay
longer (see the website under practicalities).
We have some limited possibilities to (partially) cover travel costs from people coming
from abroad, AND coming on the 4th of July (help build up) and/or stay till 11th (help
break down). Let us know if you want to come, and travel costs are an issue. If you can
travel on one of these dates, we can probably reimburse (some) costs.
Want to reserve a workshop slot, info stall or worldcafe table, or just know more about
the camp, contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We still need people to;
-make the kids program and organize the kids area in the camp
-help us with the infrastructure preparations of the camp, & be there on the 4th to set up the camp,
-translation and editing texts,(NL, ENG, DE mainly)
-help us out with program content,
-facilitate workshops, translation during the workshops etc..
Cheers and hope to see some of you @ Den Bosch.