The greenest experience of Amsterdam
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One of the wonders of Amsterdam is how nature and culture coexist. It is a city where you can sign up for guided dances on rooftops, dine in the middle of the forest, watch inspiring films in open air cinemas, attend concerts in the park and also get your hands dirty, plant trees and lose track of time. If you’re looking for an experience of Amsterdam that is rooted in nature, that can help you go outside and get your hands dirty, then these tips are for you!
Building a miniponics system at Mediamatic
Mediamatic is an art center dedicated to new developments in the arts in Amsterdam. A great asset is their aquaponics workshop which teaches you how to combine fish and plant cultivation in such a way that not a single drop of water is wasted. With this workshop you will learn how to build a miniponics system - a miniature home edition of the larger Aquaponics tower.
The power of the community at the VerbroederIJ
De VerbroederIJ exemplifies the power of the community, where connection amongst neighbors is what fuels their drive. Neighbors from all walks of life get together to tend to the community garden, share the harvest and look after the two adorable pigs - Barry and Rosita! They have a restaurant and community space with access to the city beach, which becomes a meeting place for more neighborhood initiatives to be born. Visitors can avail to a guided tour of the garden, take up a workshop in urban farming and also enjoy a splendid lunch or dinner.
Your own off-grid workplace in the middle of nature
KantoorKaravaan offers you a workplace in the middle of nature, an experience combining your professional life with the rustic scapes of the wilderness. Designed as a mobile off-grid workplace, the KantoorKaravaan sets up camp at various locations in the countryside. Instead of a boring view of concrete buildings, you can now work in a meadow or a forest and listen to birds, bees and smell the pretty flowers! The work facilities keep city comforts in mind. You have Wi-Fi access, a coffee machine, a kitchen, solar powered points to charge your laptop and the most cosy workspace imaginable.
Become an urban farmer at this kitchen garden school for adults
De Moestuinschool is an outdoor school for adults. In a bid to make sufficient urban farmers out of ordinary citizens, this year-long program conducted in Dutch offers a class every two weeks that combines theory and practice for all earthy enthusiasts out there! Each student will learn how to grow their own vegetables in a bed the size of a large balcony, and also take their own harvest home.
The Nature in the City guide by Gemtrack
If you want to discover more places in Amsterdam that bring you closer to nature, we recommend downloading the Nature in the City guide that our friends at Gemtrack have created for citizens of Amsterdam who want to have the greenest experience of the city! It is filled with the most inspiring and fulfilling projects around Amsterdam that bring you close to nature. Think of courses in urban farming, permaculture tours, organic pizza, food banks for bees, community gardens and many other hidden green gems in the city!