River of Herbs is an Amsterdam based community project which began in 2012. It encourages people to grow edible and medicinal herbs in towns and cities. The project aim is to increase urban food sovereignty, biodiversity and community cohesion.
River of Herbs is gradually creating an edible wildlife corridor, ‘flowing’ from East to West Amsterdam. Local people are planting nectar rich herbs in patches of spare land such as tree pits, pavement gardens and street corners. In 2014 the project adopted four old orchards in Amsterdam Oost. These have been gently transformed into beautiful community herb gardens and a permaculture teaching space.
River of Herbs offers:
– Free training, helping people grow and use herbs in urban environments.
– Workshops, enabling children to plan, plant and use herb gardens.
– Collaboration with local government and other green groups, to help achieve mutual goals.
– Horticultural Therapy opportunities within the city.
– Advice about adopting public space to grow herbs.
Lynn Shore, initiator of River of Herbs, will be giving a presentation on March 22nd at 13:00, about how the organisation started and how it works. She will also give some tips on how an organisation like River of Herbs can work with the local government, where it can look for money, helpers, and why collaboration is by far the best way. Sign-up to the Erasmus Sustainability Days for your chance to know more.
Check out River of Herbs on their website.