Friday, 31 May to Sunday, 2 June
Food Autonomy Festival
The Food Autonomy Festival (FAF) Amsterdam is about presenting and celebrating alternatives and resistance to the state and corporate-controlled industrial food system. Come join us for a weekend of learning practical skills for growing (or finding…) your own food, to hear peoples’ experiences of gaining access to land, of building alternatives and forging resistance, to dance to thrashy folk-punk, and to share in the collective enthusiasm for an autonomous future!
This year the festival will take place in support of the threatened organic farm Boterbloem, against the SADC Schiphol airport-oriented business park and the corporate concrete and plastic profit-driven world that needs this destruction.
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!
Where: Lutkemeerpolder in Osdorp (Lutkemeerweg, 1067 TH Amsterdam)
How to get there: From central station you can take the Sprinter 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.
Camping: We offer free camping from Friday (31.05.) until Sunday midday (02.06.) at the festival. If you would like to camp, please bring your camping equipment. We have toilets and water stations, but will not have showers.
Accessibility: While 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. Unfortunately we will not be able to provide an accessible toilet on the terrein due to unforeseen events. If you have a specific need you can contact us to get more information about how we can try to accommodate it, at email@example.com
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 up after it.
What to bring: Please bring cash, as 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), or the direct action Sunday, please bring a bike, if possible. For the yoga classes it would be great if people could bring their own mats.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED: We are still in need for people to help building up the festival on Friday morning, May 31, and dismantling the camp on the 2nd of June from 14:00.
If you would like to help, please contact us under firstname.lastname@example.org
Date & Time:
Is this a callout or mobilisation?:
- national callout
- children's activity
- by donation