Yesterday, tens of thousands of marijuana plants were sown in Amsterdam parks and flower beds It's around seven in the evening and it drizzles in the Vondelpark. In the open air gathering a group of young people, some with a bucket, some with boxes and vacuum-packaged seed packets. These packages are tens of thousands of hemp seeds, some forty kilos in total, ready to be planted in and around the park. Eden, as the project is called, is about to begin.
The seeds are distributed among the participants, and after a brief training small groups disappear into the park. The initiative comes from artists' indebt Studios, which you might know from the iPhone that they cast resin ducts, but can still be reached.
I talk to Noah indebt while we plunk seeds on the ideal spots. Not open, not sheltered, not just in the grass, and preferably a bit damp. The rise is a bit disappointing, but there are plenty of people showed up to bring the seed to all corners of the park and beyond.
This is Noah
"We won a pitch to a body which pays monthly thousand dollars on initiatives that do something cool with public space," said Noah. "They are called The Awesome Foundation and you can from all over the world submit your pitch. If you win you get the money. It's that simple. This idea won through because it no other way funding could get."
We walk through the park, and everyone eagerly sow places where anything from a plant could grow. Lawns, flower boxes and community gardens are blessed with organic seeds.
Noah tells more when it starts to rain harder, "The Awesome Foundation saw merit in the idea, and I gave the turn to do it against the encroaching dulling of Amsterdam Gentrification in general actually, prostitutes disappear, coffeeshops. must close Look, every great city is constantly changing -. New York, London, Hong Kong, you name it - but Amsterdam has something magical If that disappears, and we get then yogurt bars in return, that's just too bad. ".
The key question is: are the tops eventually smoking? "Some will be his smokable," said Noah, "but not all. It is not feminized, so they get just tops. It is not a White Widow or anything, but to smoke. A good side effect, but not the main project . "
"Male and female," adds Hans, who recently graduated as a gardener, after a course of four years. "That way there can be cross-fertilization and the sustainability better guaranteed."
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Well, my fingers are far from green, but in mid-July seemed pretty late to sow plants. Gardener Hans sees no obstacles on the road: "This tropical species is not found in the wild here, but it can certainly survive, even if you use it only sow It is now very humid weather, and the seed will germinate quickly,. especially if it is a little pounded into the ground. It's a fighter. "
There are more dangers lurk, says Hans. "Some risks may include: cutting services, birdies, and dominant plants that grow here decades Nettles example Everything new comes to fight if there is now a beautiful plant grows, losing seeds again, then the result might initiate... those seeds to survive the winter. But if it gets too hot in the fall can rot the soil mettakjes and leaves, and that is interesting for a lot of critters that can eat the plants. Tricky so, but certainly not a waste of seed. "
Meanwhile, we have widened the Vondelpark. It's raining harder, but the garden of the Rijksmuseum is not beaten. I also wonder whether the park and town guards may still be a threat to the action. Noah is as simple on: "The funny thing about this promotion is that it is quite radical to scatter much seed, but when you do it, no one will really questioning when it does not look like you something. does that really should not. I do not know if this is allowed. We just do it, and the funny thing is that a lot of time goes by before the impact of the harvest is visible. I do not do it for the harvest, but in order to make a point. "
He has a good point. I attach myself not much value to the presence of whore houses and coffee shops because every day I apestoned a whore wants to go to bed. But the fact that it could make Amsterdam the cool place that it is, and - as the frozen yogurt business a little to take it easy - still remains.