Saturday Programme 21th March 2020

Unfortunately this edition of was cancelled due to covid-19

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.

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

Music and food

Ongoing12:00-17:00Children’s activitiesZorghuisjeNL/EN
Ongoing11:00-17:00Grafting fruit treesPodium courtyardNL
Every 2 hours11:00-17:00Grow your own chicory and mushroomsGather by the entranceNL
011:00-12:00Wild plant walkGather by the fireplaceNL
112:00-13:30Open-pollinated varieties & cultivation of seedlingsNL
112:00-13:30Update Agro-IndustryEN
112:00-13:30Helpful little bugsNL
112:00-13:30Seed SavingEN
112:00-13:30Tour of MijnStadstuinGather by the entranceNL
213:45-15:15“Going to seed”NL
213:45-15:15Save the Luktemeerpolder campaignEN
213:45-15:15Turn off the nitrogen tap!NL
213:45-15:15Launch of movie From Seed to SeedNL
213:45-15:15Wild plant walkGather by campfireNL
315:30-16:45Overview local seed banksNL/EN
315:30-17:00Plant-based fertilizationNL
315:30-17:00Composting with wormsEN
315:30-16:15Special legumesNL
315:30-16:30Tour of the Pluk! CSANL/EN
417:00-18:00Meeting to start local seed library or seed saving groupNL/EN

On top of the seedfair and workshop programme there will be nice food and some entertainment.

14:00 – 16:00: Echofly. An inquisitive folkfly that sometimes flutters in melancholy areas, but can also be quite catchy. Accompanied by harmonies on violin and cello, à capella vocals, harmonium and cajon. Each song tells a story: stories about nature and stories about the city and everything that crawls around in it.

16:00 – 18:00: Amsterdamse straatband. This colorful company plays music from all corners of the world and has a versatile repertoire. The approach and enthusiasm of this colourful troupe are the connecting factor.

During the day De Fruittuin van West will be providing snacks, cakes and soup. In the evening the pizza oven will be heated.

Children’s activities

Saturday 12:00-17:00
Sunday 12:00-17:00
Main language: NL/EN
Location: Little house

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!

Grafting fruit trees

Saturday: 11:00-17:00
Main language: NL
Podium courtyard

On Saturday, Monique from Op Goede Grond, a nursery for old fruit varieties, will tell about her nursery and show you how to graft trees. You can choose a nice variety for yourself, and Monique will graft it for you.

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
Language: EN
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 (

The importance of open-pollinated varieties and the cultivation of seedlings

Saturday: 12:00-13:30
Language: NL

Nursery A8 is one of the few nurseries in the Netherlands (and maybe the only one) where only open-pollinated (and no hybrid varieties) are used for starting seedlings. You will be informed about A8’s motivation and the practical advantages and disadvantages of this choice.
By Willem and Verena from Kwekerij A8

Bayer, BASF, DowDuPont and ChemChina: the seed companies grow like weeds

Saturday: 12:00-13:30
Language: EN

Not all growth is good. Bayer buys Monsanto, seed companies also sell pesticides, genetic engineering is in danger of being pushed through again in Europe, and all of these companies are also now collecting as much data as possible from farmers. How do we keep agriculture in our own hands? Elly will give a brief update about what’s going on with agro-industry today.
By: Elly Janssen.

Helpful little bugs

Saturday: 12:00-13:30
Language: NL
Marc Siepman, a so-called ‘humist’, will give an explanation about the importance of soil life and the humus layer. A healthy soil ensures healthy crops and is also good for the environment and climate. And of course you will also be told how you can get active in this area yourself.
By Marc Siepman.

Seed Saving

Saturday: 12:00-13:30
Language: EN

In this workshop you will learn how to save the seeds of the most popular vegetable species. Among others, tomatoes, beans, cabbage, herbs and pumpkins will be discussed.
By permaculture teacher Linder van den Heerik from de Voedselketen.

Tour of MijnStadstuin

Saturday 12:00-13:30
Language: NL
Gather by entrance Fruittuin

Together with Sem, you will walk across the road to visit MijnStadstuin.
By Sem Roefs, MijnStadstuin.

“Going to seed”: How to save and store your own seeds… And what about cross-pollination?

Saturday: 13:45-15:15
Sunday: 13:45-15:15
Language: NL

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.

Presentation of the Save the Luktemeerpolder campaign

Saturday: 13:45-15:15
Language: EN (subject to change)

On the western edge of Amsterdam, a piece of fertile farmland is threatened by the construction of yet another business park for the distribution sector. However, climate change is forcing us to think differently about green areas, water storage and local food production. And we need to act accordingly. The Save Lutkemeer campaign is in the process of preserving this area for the city and for generations to come.
By Claudia from Behoud Lutkemeer.

Turn off the nitrogen tap!

Saturday 13:45-15:15
Language: NL

The problem with nitrogen compounds has been going on for decades. And now that the economy is starting to suffer, it is suddenly termed a nitrogen crisis. But the ecological nitrogen crisis has been going on for many years and is one of the symptoms of our unnaturally high nitrogen emissions.
As long as the nitrogen tap is open, the problems will continue to grow. What are the real solutions to this serious problem? To determine that we must have a good understanding of the problem.
In this lecture, Marc Siepman will explain how natural nitrogen cycles work, and what consequences of the disruption of these cycles are for biodiversity, as well as for our health and for the climate.

Launch of movie From Seed to Seed

Saturday: 13:45-15:15
Language: NL

The Longo Maï network of agricultural collectives has made the film From Seed to Seed, which explains step by step how to save seeds for 32 different crops. The Dutch version of the film is currently being finalized. There will be a sneak preview of the parts that are ready during Reclaim the Seeds.
By Hilde Labadie.

Local seed banks: an overview of the possibilities

Saturday: 15:30-16:45
Language: NL (possibly with parts in English)

The programme will include short presentations on the Northern Seeds Network, Velt’s seed working group and the Austrian Arche Noah. And all participants in the workshop can share their experiences and knowledge.
Facilitated by Monique Wijn of De Godin.

Plant-based fertilization: good for plants, animals and the climate

Saturday: 15:30-16:45
Language: NL

Linder’s story will also address pest management, companion planting and no-dig gardening.
By permaculture teacher Linder van den Heerik from the Voedselketen.

Composting with worms

Saturday: 15:30-16:45
Language: EN

In this workshop you will learn some theory how worms convert your green waste into fertile compost, but most of all you will see the practice.
By Jaffie from Cityplot

About the big soldier, farmer’s toes, sparrow eggs and the ‘dikpenske’

Saturday: 15:30-16:45
Language: NL

A talk about cultivating, saving and eating special legume varieties.
By Lambert Sijens, Tuinen van Weldadigheid.

Tour of the Pluk! CSA

Saturday: 15:30-16:30
Sunday: 12:00-13:00
Language: NL/EN
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.

Open meeting about setting up a local seed-saving network or seed library

Saturday: 17:00-18:00
Language: NL/EN

Everyone is welcome, even if you don’t yet know if you want to take part!