Saturday Program

Various lectures, workshops and guided tours will take place during the two days of Reclaim the Seeds. The focus is on the problems inherent in the current agricultural system, as well as possible alternatives. We’ll look at the politics as well as the practical throughout both days.

ROUNDTIMEDESCRIPTIONLOCATIONMAIN LANGUAGE*
Ongoing11:00-17:00Children’s activitiesZorghuisjeNL/EN
Ongoing11:00-17:00Grafting fruit treesPodium courtyardNL
111:00-12:30Underground babbleGarden roomNL
111:00-12:30Tour: Chickens in the orchardGather by campfireNL
111:00-12:30Off-grid self-sufficiencyOfficeNL
111:00-11:45Grow your own mushroomsGather by Fruittuin entranceEN
112:00-12:45Grow your own chicory (Belgian endive) Gather by Fruittuin entranceEN
213:00-14:30Save your own seedsGarden roomNL
213:00-14:30Seed patents and the teff caseOfficeEN
213:00-14:30Fruit propagationGather by Fruittuin entranceNL
213:00-14:30Tour: MijnStadstuinGather by Fruittuin entranceNL/EN
213:00-13:45Wild plant walkGather by campfireNL
213:00-13:45Grow your own mushroomsGather by Fruittuin entranceNL
214:00-14:45Grow your own chicory (Belgian endive)Gather by Fruittuin entranceNL
315:00-16:30Off-grid self-sufficiencyOfficeNL
315:00-16:30The importance of keeping plant….Garden roomNL
315:00-16:30Composting with wormsWorkshopEN
315:00-15:45Tour: Pluk! Community….Gather by campfireNL/EN
315:00-15:45Grow your own mushroomsGather by Fruittuin entranceEN
316:00-16:45Grow your own chicory (Belgian endive)Gather by Fruittuin entranceEN
16:00-17:00Music: Little StoriesPodium courtyard
17:00-19:00Film programmeGarden room
17:00Community sowing of a flower fieldGather by Fruittuin entrance

*Whispered translation can be arranged upon request at the beginning of all workshops/ tours.

Children’s activities

Saturday 11:00-17:00
Sunday 11:00-17:00
Main language: NL/EN
Under the cherry trees with the baby pigs (follow the signs)
Children of all ages are welcome for activities with worms, seeds and bees! Together with urban farmers from the Cityplot collective you can sow (organic) seeds and make seed bombs with bee-friendly flower seeds: you can bring them home and let them explode in the spring!
http://www.cityplot.org/

Grafting fruit trees

Saturday: 11:00-17:00
Main language: NL
Podium courtyard
Sunday: 14:00-17:00
Main language: NL
Podium courtyard
On Saturday, Monique from Op Goede Grond will explain about old varieties, her tree nursery and grafting. You can choose a variety and let Monique graft it for you.
http://www.op-goede-grond.nl/
On Sunday, Cor Sturkenboom (uncle of Wil from the Fruittuin) will come to graft apple trees. For a small donation you can take your own little apple tree home. You can also bring a branch of your favourite apple tree along to make a new tree with a rootstock

Underground babble

Saturday: 11:00-12:30
Main language: NL
Garden room
Marc Siepman will talk about soil life in food forests. Fungi fulfil an unimaginable range of functions. In this lecture you will learn what fungi can do, and how you can help them so they can help you.
https://marcsiepman.nl

Tour: Chickens in the orchard

Saturday: 11:00-12:30
Main language: NL
Gather by campfire
Chickens are by origin forest animals. They prefer the cover of foliage to hide from predators and scavenge for worms and insects. This benefits the fruit trees through manure deposits, leaf composition and the reduction of harmful fungi and pests. An important synergy for the Fruittuin. The combination orchard and chickens is not yet well established in the Netherlands. The Fruittuin has laying hens as well as broilers. The broilers live in movable pens, which are moved daily. This means fresh grass for the chickens and a well spread manure input. The laying hens live free range. This tour will look at the different systems and their benefits, and is hosted by Pieter Ploeg, developer of the movable pen system at the Fruittuin.
www.fruittuinvanwest.nl

Grow your own mushrooms

Saturday: 11:00-11:45, 13:00-13:45, 15:00-15:45
Sunday: 12:00-12:45, 14:00-14:45, 16:00-16:45
Main language: EN
Gather by Fruittuin entrance
Join a short tour of the mushroom grotto at the Fruittuin (it’s not that big) and learn how to grow mushrooms. You will receive a stem with either grey or yellow oyster mushrooms, nameko, chittaken or wig mushrooms to take home, and an explanation as a start for your own nursery. Costs are € 6 per stem.
www.fruittuinvanwest.nl

Grow your own chicory (Belgian endive)

Saturday: 12:00-12:45, 14:00-14:45, 16:00-16:45
Sunday: 11:00-11:45, 13:00-13:45, 15:00-15:45
Main language: EN
Gather by Fruittuin entrance
Join a short tour of the the chicory cave (it is also not so big). The chicory roots are placed in bins through which continuous water flows. The oxygen in the water encourages root development, and the chicory grows on the nutrients in the root. You can take home chicory roots for your own mini cave for €3.
www.fruittuinvanwest.nl

Save your own seeds

Saturday: 13:00-14:30
Main language: NL
Garden room
Learn how to harvest seeds from the main vegetable varieties yourself in this workshop with permaculture teacher Linder van den Heerik. Among other crops, tomatoes, beans, cabbages, herbs, pumpkins will be covered.
https://voedselketen.wordpress.com

Seed patents and the teff case

In 2003, a Dutch company registered a patent on the process and end products of teff, an endemic grain from the Ethiopian highlands. The Ethiopian government finally sued the company, and earlier this year justice was done when the patent was decreed null and void due to lack of inventiveness and originality. In this talk we will provide an overview of seed patents, using the teff case as an example.
Saturday: 13:00-14:30
Main language: EN
Office
www.aseed.net

Fruit propagation

Saturday: 13:00-14:30
Sunday: 13:00-14:30
Main language: NL
Gather by campfire
Just before the trees flower is a wonderful time to tour the orchard with Wil Sturkenboom, founder of the Fruittuin van West. At this time of year, everything must be 100%. The vitality of the tree must be at its best in order to give the blossom a “long life”. The young shoots and flowers are mega sensitive to fungi. If you want to do something to prevent fungi and harmful insects, action is best taken before flowering and before you see the fungi and insects.
www.fruittuinvanwest.nl

Tour: MijnStadstuin

Saturday: 13:00-14:30
Main language: NL/EN
Gather Fruittuin entrance
Together with Friso van Overbeek you will walk across the road to visit MijnStadstuin. You will make short stops at Groenhartig (growing crops for restaurants), de Stadsgroentenboeren CSA farm, de Natuurtalent Inspiration Garden and a food forest.
www.mijnstadstuin.nl

The importance of keeping plant breeding knowledge in the public domain: what can you do?

Saturday: 15:00-16:30
Main language: NL
Garden room
More and more knowledge about classical plant breeding is disappearing from the public domain: through privatisation, but also because the older generation of breeders are retiring and young breeders do not know classical methods because they have only learned the latest molecular methods at school. The question then is how to keep this knowledge in the public domain? This can be done by as many people as possible with the propagation and selection of seeds. Edwin Nuijten and Willy Douma of Stichting Zaadgoed will explain how.
https://zaadgoed.nl

Wild plant walk

Saturday: 13:00-13:45
Main language: NL
Gather by campfire
Rosa van Giessen from Cityplot and Boerenverstand will give a tour in the area around the Fruittuin. You will learn how to find and identify important herbs; how you can harvest them with respect for the environment; and how you can use them safely in various ways.
www.cityplot.org
www.boerenverstand.info

Composting with worms

Saturday: 15:00-16:30
Main language: EN
Workshop
Sunday: 15:00-16:30
Main language: NL
Workshop
Learn how simple it is to use three buckets, a drill and worms to convert your own fruit and vegetable residues into fertile worm droppings. Ideal for your balcony or cupboard. On Saturday with Cityplot, and on Sunday with Peter-Jan Brouwer from Stichting Buurtcompost.
www.cityplot.org
http://buurtcompost.nl

Tour: Pluk! Community Supported Agriculture farm

Saturday: 15:00-15:45
Sunday: 13:00-13:45
Main language: NL/EN
Gather by campfire
The farmers will guide you around the Pluk! CSA, where 100 families in Amsterdam/Haarlem will pick their own vegetables, herbs and flowers in 2019.
www.plukcsa.nl

Biodiversity, Foundation De Oerakker, Orange List and Heritage Seeds

Sunday: 11:00-12:30
Main language: NL
Office
How can we guarantee our food security? Biodiversity is essential and threatened. What does the ‘gene bank machine’ look like? How can we collaborate with research institutions, companies and agro-initiatives? Join Chris Kik from the Center for Genetic Resources in Wageningen.
https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Statutory-research-tasks/Centre-for-Genetic-Resources-the-Netherlands-1/Expertise-areas/Plant-Genetic-Resources.htm

Exposing the Links between Fossil Fuels, Industrial Agriculture; Climate Change

Sunday: 11:00-12:30
Main language: EN
Workshop
As one of the major contributors to climate chaos, industrial agriculture is responsible for between 44-57% of greenhouse gas emissions. When false solutions such as Climate Smart Agriculture are offered by the very same people who are causing this chaos, such as chemical giants Yara and Potash, we know it is time to stand up and fight for our planet and for climate justice and tell a different story. ASEED is committed to building a grassroots movement from below, showing resistance is possible, necessary and fertile. Join us for a discussion on connecting the dots between fossil fuels, industrial agriculture, Yara, fertilizers and how we can empower ourselves to build a different system.
www.aseed.net

Birdwalk

Sunday: 11:00-12:30
Main language: NL
Gather by campfire
Sjaak Quist, the Fruittuin’s birdwatcher, will bring you into the orchard and tell you the official and nicknames of tens of different kinds of birds in the orchard.
www.fruittuinvanwest.nl

Introduction to permaculture

Sunday: 13:00-14:30
Main language: NL
Office
What exactly is permaculture? Where does it come from, and how did it originate? These questions will be answered during this short introduction by permaculture teacher Linder van den Heerik, and you will also be introduced to the most important underlying thoughts in permaculture. For beginning permies as well as people looking for a refresher course.
https://voedselketen.wordpress.com

The wonderment: bees and pollination

Sunday: 13:30-14:30
Main language: NL
Garden room
In this lecture, teacher-beekeeper Maayke Jansen of ILOVEBEEING will share some special facts about the bee and the bee colony. Attention will be paid to the role of the bee as pollinator, and to the pollinating role of the wild bee.
www.ilovebeeing.nl

Unusual vegetables and legumes

Sunday: 15:00-16:30
Main language: NL
Garden room
The variety of vegetables is huge. You can grow your own heritage varieties, famous varieties from abroad, flavourful exotics and other “rarities”. Lambert Sijens of De Tuinen van Weldadigheid grows what is probably the largest collection of edible crops in the Netherlands and will tell you about it with gusto.
https://detuinenvanweldadigheid.nl

Sow seeds in the garden

Sunday: 15:00-16:30
Main language: EN/NL
Gather by campfire
Help Pluk! farmers Ann, Annie en Annelies sow seeds in the garden! They will also tell you about Pluk! Groenten van West, the self-harvest Community Supported Agriculture project for vegetables, herbs and edible flowers at the Fruittuin. No experience needed, but boots and clothes that can get dirty are advised.
www.plukcsa.nl

Music: Little Stories

Saturday: 16:00-17:00
Podium courtyard.
“Little Stories” is a musical project by Judith and Ko. We both write our own songs and stories (folk, singer-songwriter) that we have bundled together into a repertoire. This makes for a nice collaboration where we tell our stories together. Come and listen!

Off-grid self-sufficiency

Saturday: 11:00-12:30 & 15:00-16:30
Office
In the workshop “Off-grid self-sufficiency”, Niels Gorisse from Strohplatz gives a short version of his day course of the same name, with an explanations about how to arrange your heat, water, energy and toilet as sustainably as possible. Questions from the participants determine what is discussed. You are welcome if you want to know more about solar boilers, solar panels, helophyte filters, compost toilets, ecological insulation material, rainwater collection, water filtering and more.