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Vegetables on the Edge in Buurtproeftuin

By Michèle Champagne

When it comes to highly-regulated spaces on Amsterdam’s splintering city edge, the community artist opts for something illegal: a vegetable garden. After all, gardens traditionally bespeak innocence, and what better way to defy regulations and moral prejudices than with a community-run garden in the city’s west-side neighbourhood called Bos en Lommer. The name is Dutch for “forest and shade,” and it’s no symbolic coincidence the word “forest” derives from “foreigner” as the area is known for its Turkish, Moroccan and Surinamese residents. As official and overt anti-immigrant sentiment rises in the Netherlands, community-driven turned cross-cultural gardens seem like small but needed gestures.

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