Whilst building on its new location, the KasKantine re-opened the Voedselkringloop, a place where food surplus from different shops and businesses are gathered and redistributed. We also started a vegetable garden, and are preparing a Greening the Neighbourhood plan and a bike repair workshop where people can learn how to fix their bikes.
KasKantine 4.0 is a not-for profit cooperative run by Menno Houtstra and Betty Gebhard and a host of volunteers from all walks of life. Together we are responsible for building and sustaining this grand experiment in urban self-sufficiency and sustainable living.
Kaskantine 1.0 2014-2016 Halfweg - Sugar City
The KasKantine started in 2013 in one of the ruins of the old sugar factory in Halfweg, when two chefs, who met each other while working in an organic restaurant in France, decided to realise their dream of making affordable meals with local and self-produced ingredients. We acquired a greenhouse and an old shipping container, and built a strawbale house in the old building. Our cooking style gathered a lot of attention, especially from folks in Amsterdam.
Kaskantine 2.0 2016-2017 Haarlemmerweg - Parkeerplaats ING gebouwen
After three years KK 1.0, when our user agreement stopped, we got an offer to build a new KasKantine on the parking lot of an old bank on the Haarlemmerweg in Amsterdam. Several new initiatives joined, and a cooperative was established. Four shipping containers and a greenhouse were added to the building. We built a professional kitchen, food storage and toilets all inside the shipping containers.
In 2017, the KasKantine was invited to build a new place on a construction site opposite the Delflandplein in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. The cooperative grew again with several members and new containers. A large garden was also added to the formation.
Kaskantine 4.0 September 2019-Now
In 2019, the KasKantine moved to its present location, still in the Delflandpleinbuurt, where we are negotiating a longer rental contract with the municipality. It is an old football field, waiting to be transformed into a new neighbourhood after 2025. The Kaskantine now moved to its 4th location.