Various talks, workshops and tours will take place during the Reclaim the Seeds weekend. We will pay attention to the problems around agriculture and our society as well as to the possible alternatives. This involves both politics and practical matters that you can take up yourself.
Important! The programme may still change, so please keep checking back for the latest update, as well as the times and locations of the workshops.
|Ongoing||11:00-17:00||Children’s activities||Little house||NL/EN|
|Every 2 hours||11:00-17:00||Grow your own chicory and mushrooms||Gather by the entrance||NL|
|0||11:00-12:30||Wild plant walk||Gather by the fireplace||NL|
|1||12:00-13:30||What is nitrogen? Is there a crisis?||NL|
|1||12:00-13:30||No Bayer or Monsanto? No Google or Facebook!||EN|
|1||12:00-13:30||Andean Seeds that feed the world||EN|
|1||12:00-13:00||Tour of the Pluk! CSA||NL/EN|
|2||12:00-13:30||“Going to seed”||NL|
|2||13:45-15:15||Agriculture and the climate crisis||EN|
|2||13:45-15:15||Learn to compost||NL/EN|
|3||15:30-17:00||Docu: Thank You for the Rain||EN|
|3||15:30-17:00||EU seed and GMO legislation||NL|
|4||17:00-18:00||Talk with Kisilu, farmers, activist and maker ducu ‘Thank you for the Rain’||EN|
Music and food
On top of the seedfair and workshop programme there will be nice food and some entertainment.
16:00 – 18:00: Vuurpaard. A swinging, cozy improv band with roots in Amsterdam punk and reggae. The band mainly plays their own songs and a few covers in their own style. Styles vary from reggae, pop, groove, soca and world music.
During the day De Fruittuin van West will be providing snacks, cakes and soup.
Main language: NL/EN
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!
Grow your own chicory (Belgian endive) and mushrooms
Saturday: 11:00-11:30, 13:00-13:30, 15:00-15:30, 17:00-17:30
Sunday: 11:00-11:30, 13:00-13:30, 15:00-15:30, 17:00-17:30
Gather by the Fruittuin entrance
The Fruittuin also grows chicory and mushrooms, and we’ll show you how to do it yourself.
We’ll first visit the chicory cave, where water continuously flows through trays full of chicory roots. For €3 per pot, you can take home your own chicory roots to grow yourself.
Next you will visit the mushroom cave for a short tour and explanation about the cultivation of different types of mushrooms. For €6 you can take home a grow bag so you can produce your own shiitakes or grey or yellow oyster mushrooms.
By the Fruittuin van West.
Wild plant walk
Saturday 11:00-12:00 and 13:45-15:15
Sunday 11:00-12:00 and 13:45-15:15
Language: NL (it’s possible to translate plant during the walk)
Join a wild plant walk and discover which herbs, trees and shrubs are already growing in March. Smell, taste and look at familiar leaves that you’ve always noticed, but never had the idea to put them in your mouth. Discover what valuable substances these plants contain, and how pure they taste! Learn what the herbs can do for you and your health. Wake up the gatherer inside you!
By herbalist and wild plant forager Patty Vegt.
Annabelle, it won’t be anything without you! But don’t forget Astrid, Sientje, Blue Annelies, the Black Devil and Emperor Wilhelm.
A talk on cultivating, saving and consuming special potatoes.
By Lambert Sijens, Tuinen van Weldadigheid.
What is nitrogen? Is there a crisis? And what is the role of local food sovereignty?
By permaculture teacher Linder van den Heerik from the Voedselketen
The presentation will be made by members of the Disroot collective, which was created out the need for communication, sharing and organization with digital tools that are open, decentralized, federated and respectful of freedom and privacy.
By Antilopa and Muppeth from Disroot.
Andean Seeds that feed the world
Seeds are the origin of green life, a cultivated species that spreads to relieve hunger in the world. That is the primary purpose, but there are seeds that are grown in the Andes of Peru that have been conserved for more than 5000 years and today they do not only relieve hunger but also support the health of our bodies.
One of the cases is Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), the golden grain of the Incas that la Pachamama is providing to the world through the work of the biodiversity guardians in the Andes.
By Nora Vargas, an Andean woman who works to visibilize the dignified and invaluable work of Andean women.
Tour of the Pluk! Community Supported Agriculture farm
Gather by the campfire
The Pluk! farmers will give you a tour of their pick-your-own vegetable garden. Pluk!, now in its fourth year, grows vegetables, herbs and flowers for 100 families.
“Going to seed”: How to save and store your own seeds… And what about cross-pollination?
In this practical lecture of about an hour, you will receive the most important information you need to save some of your own vegetable seeds to use yourself of to exchange with others.
By Patricia from the Zadenwerkgroep van Velt.
Agriculture and the climate crisis: the biggest problems and the solutions
Agriculture is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. Relatively well-known sources are livestock farming and deforestation. But the use of artificial fertilizer is also a great contributor. The production of artificial fertilizer in turn depends on large quantities of (as cheap as possible) fossil gas. However, this situation could also be very different! Agriculture can also store large quantities of greenhouse gases in the soil, thus slowing down the climate crisis. During this lecture you will learn more about all of these dynamics and the activities of ASEEDs Fossil Free Agriculture campaign.
We will begin with a game about the carbon/nitrogen ratios of different materials and explore how you can best combine them. And then we will build up an actual compost pile behind the Pluk! greenhouse.
By Ann from the Pluk! CSA.
Documentary: Thank You for the Rain
Five years ago Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, started using his camera to record the life of his family, his village and the damage caused by climate change. When a devastating storm brings him together with a Norwegian filmmaker, we see him transform from a father into a leader of the local community and an activist on the international stage.
And now Kisilu is a guest at Reclaim the Seeds. After the screening of the documentary ‘Thank you for the Rain’ there will be an opportunity to ask him questions.
Fresh, local and responsible food without money being channeled through the middlemen is possible. Online shops, Community Supported Agriculture, farmers’ markets … In this session you will receive an overview of ways to move food directly from the farmer to the consumer.
By the Hofwebwinkel.
Update on European seed and genetic engineering legislation
In 2018, the European Court of Justice decided that new gene processing techniques, such as CRISPR-Cas, should be regarded as genetic modification subject to strict legislation. At the beginning of 2018, the EU Parliament also approved the new regulation for organic farming. Since then, much has been going on in the field of legislation and regulations for both organic breeding and genetic modification. What developments are making a positive contribution to agrobiodiversity and access to it? And, how could we strengthen them? This workshop will address these very topical questions.
By Edwin Nuijten from Stichting Zaadgoed, Eco-PB and Liveseed.
Talk with Kisilu, farmers, activist and maker ducu ‘Thank you for the Rain’