The Curious Finch is an urban agricultural plot and educational garden, in Amsterdam, focused on growing food and growing gardeners. In addition to growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, mushrooms and fruit (in small urban spaces) we emphasize learning about different techniques for growing organic edibles, with specialized workshops and dedicated garden plots. The garden is located within Volkstuinpark Sloterdijkermeer, in Amsterdam’s Westerpark.
The Curious Finch journey began at the end of 2012 with two local urban farming organizations – Cityplot and I Can Change the World with my Two Hands. The organizations, active in Bos & Lommer and Westerpark, recognized that urban dwellers increasingly wanted to grow their own food but lacked the necessary tools and training. So together with a group of other volunteers they created a garden focused on the most relevant sustainable urban farming crops and techniques. The garden, located on Vinkenlaan (Finch Lane) is designed to attract curious people, thus the name “Curious Finch.”
The educational garden is divided into small plots and areas that each demonstrate different aspects and techniques of urban growing: permaculture, biodynamic growing, seed saving, composting, herbs, wild plants, mushrooms, dye plants, edible flowers, companion planting and heritage crops. In the first year, 2013, we focused on educating ourselves by inviting a number of external experts to help plan and plant the various themed beds in the garden. In the second year and beyond, we will start running more workshops, tours and demonstrations for children and adult visitors to the garden. See Happenings for details!