Workshop ‘Make your own bee hotel’

RUW Foundation and Green Office are inviting you for an afternoon full of ‘Bee Hotels’.

Poster Workshop Workshop Beehotel

In the beautiful forest area of Ppauw Ecovillage we get to learn about the function of Bee hotels, and already work towards making one ourselves. The tangible results you can either take home or donate to the forest. All material and tools will be provided.

Only 3,- subscription fee, and max 13 participants, so subscribe soon.


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*This event is part of the ‘Seriously Sustainable week’, hosted by Green office, 9/13 October


Re-Greening Weekend

Get to know the green people and initiatives in Wageningen and become part of the movement! On the 9th, 10th and 11th of September RUW Foundation is hosting, together with many Green Acitive Network partners, Wageningen’s first Re-Greening Weekend.


What: Regreening Weekend
When: 9, 10, 11 September
Where: Wageningen
Price: 20 euro

There is a limited amount of 50 participants for this activity. 
Registration closes when this number is reached. 

Re-localisation of the Budapest Degrowth conference

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A new economic paradigm called Degrowth is emerging. Through more sharing, more free time, less stuff and new forms of collaborating we can all live an enjoyable and meaningful life within planetary boundaries.

In Budapest a 5 day Degrowth conference will take place from 30 August until 3 September. RUW Foundation will re-localise this conference in Wageningen. As a co-location of the conference we will have a live video connection with the main event through which we will follow and contribute to the debate. The re-localisation will take place at the Wageningen University Campus in room C221. The event itself is free to attend and coffee/tea will be provided, lunch will be sold on site. Food and accommodation are up to the attendee to arrange. But there will be cake during 3 of the sessions, so be sure not to miss any. Keep an eye on this website and the Facebook event for more information.

  • What: Re-localisation Degrowth Conference
  • When: 30 Aug. – 3 Sept.
  • Where: Wageningen Campus, Room C221
  • Price: The lectures, debates and video conferences will be free, as will be the coffee. Food and a accomodation for the night is for your own account.

For more information have a look at the list of keynote speakers.

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The general conference schedule, check below which sessions will be relocalised.

Day 1, Tuesday 30 September:

16h-18h: Opening plenary: Connecting the dots of degrowth – Federico Demaria, Filka Sekulova, Alexandra Köves, Vincent Liegey

18h30-20h Opening panel of the conference: Degrowth in semi-periphery context – Alexandra Köves, Zoltan Pogatsa, Danijela Dolenec, Giorgos Kallis

Day 2, Wednesday 31 September:

9h30-11h  Science and uncommon thinking – Clive Spash

16h30-18h30 Towards alliances of alternatives to development: Environmental justice, economic democracy, energy sovereignty, alternatives confluences, happiness, commons and degrowth – Research & Degrowth, EnvJustice and ACKnowl-EJ

19h-20h30 Evening plenary:Capitalism and (de)growth – Amaia Pérez Orozco, Susan Paulson, Iván Gyulai

Day 3, Thursday 1 August

9h30-11h From capitalist accumulation to a solidarity economy – Barbara Muraca

16h30-18h30 WORK Out of the Box! WORK and SUSTAINABILTY: new concepts of WORK in the Overshoot – Green European Foundation and Ökopolisz

19h-20h30 Alliances between Global North and Global South – Beatríz Rodríguez Labajos, Miriam Lang, Ashish Kothari, Edgardo Lander – Ulrich Brandt

Day 4, Friday 2 August

9h30-11h Radical Alternatives to Unsustainability and Inequality: A Global Perspective – Ashish Khotari

16h30-18h30 Degrowth in the Parliaments: High profile European politicians discuss ‘Politics of Degrowth’ and ‘Degrowth in Politics’ – Green European Foundation and Research & Degrowth

19h-20h30 Evening plenary: Is climate justice possible without degrowth? – Claudia Salerno Caldera, Jagoda Munic, Matthias Schmelzer Saturday

Day 5, Saturday 3 August

10h-12h30 Closing plenary: Polanyi, historical lessons, future challenges, semiperiphery – Gareth Dale / Vincent Liegey, Mladen Domazet, Alexandra Köves 

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June 26th – Edible Wild Plant Walk & Harvest Dinner at Eco-village Ppauw

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On Sunday 26th of June WEP and RUW are organizing an Edible Wild Plant Walk. The perfect ending of the academic year but also a great start of the holidays where many of us will finally have the time to roam outside the classrooms and explore the outdoors with all its fascinating plants. The walk will be guided by Dave and Heeltsje who will teach us everything about edible wild plants. After we have collected some tasty wild plants and flowers we will go the Eco-village Ppauw and prepare a nice meal together with the harvest.WEP-Edible herbs walk

Date & time: June 26th, 15:00

Costs:  €4,- in cash.

Location: You will receive an email with the exact location where we will gather, but we will probably start close to the Uiterwaarden. Please bring your bike so we can go to Eco-village Ppauw to prepare our harvest dinner!


Disobedience: Keep It In the Ground

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Fossil Free Wageningen and RUW Foundation invite you for a lunch-screening of the movie “Disobedience: the courage to break free” on 25th of June at Impulse. This is a must-see short documentary by about addressing unsustainability and came out only recently. After the movie there will be a Q&A about the Ende Gelände protest with Wageningen students that participated. Bring your lunch and enjoy! You’ll be back in time for your afternoon lectures. Stay updated on this facebook event.
What: Documentary Disobedience
When: 12.30 – 13.15, 24th of June
Where: Impulse, Wageningen Campus

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25 June: “Allemaal Lokaal” excursion to bio-dynamic dairy farm

Ruimzicht farm is a bio-dynamic dairy farm and garden. Farmer Gerjo and gardener Fred have one mission: to have a 100% local production system with care and attantion for the animals, the people and the environment. The farm generates its own energy, sells its products on site and the cows get locally produced food. Join the excursion to hear the full story! There’s also lots of food to taste, jummie!

This day “Allemaal Lokaal” (everyone local) is organised by Milieudefensie, Boerengroep and RUW Foundation. We will depart from Wageningen. More info coming up soon!

Date: 25 June, Register before June 21st!
Costs: donation to farmer
Location: Ruimzicht.

Grassroots Science: The impacts of Palm Oil production and its alternatives

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Grassroots Science: The impacts of Palm Oil production and its alternatives

Together with Otherwise, Boerengroep and FIAN Netherlands, RUW Foundation is organising a series of activities on the issue of Palm Oil production and consumption. This diverse program consisting of a documentary screening, a panel debate, a Skype with local farmers and a workshop will be taking place throughout June.


8 June: Land grabbing

LANDRAUB_70x100_On the 8th of June Grass roots science will Kick off with a screening of Land grabbing! The documentary (Landraub) by Kurt Langbein takes a closer look into the grey shades of flex crops. Land grabbing addresses violations of land rights of local farmers under the neocolonialism phenomenon demonstrated by big land investments from international agro-business companies.
A presentation about the ”flex crops” will take place, before the screening of Land Grabbing documentary, by the PhD researcher Yunan Xu. The presentation will provide a preliminary analysis of how oil palm fits into the flex crop framework in terms of its material basis, technological feasibility and profit viability, as well as the challenging questions arise within the flex crop framework for critical transnational advocacy and campaigning efforts. Yunan Xu is a PhD Candidate at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Netherlands. Her research interests include industrial tree plantations, land, agrarian development, rural capitalism and food safety.


What: Documentary Landgrabbing + Presentation flex crops
Where: Movie W, Wageningen
When: 20.00, June 8th


21 June – Debate: The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

What is sustainable palm oil? Can palm oil production be sustainable? How successful is the cooperation of NGO’s and multinationals on the issue of palm oil? Join us for an interactive discussion on the roundtable on sustainable palm oil (RSPO) with various experts.


What: Panel Debate on Sustainable Palm Oil
Where: C222, Forum Building
When: 19.30, June 21st


This facebook event will keep you updated, make sure to invite your friends!

Movie screening + discussion: Disobedience

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Fossil Free Wageningen and RUW Foundation invite you for a lunch-screening of the movie “Disobedience: the courage to break free” on 31st of may, in the Leeuwenborgh, room C64. This is a must-see short documentary by about adressing unsustainability and came out only recently. After the movie there will be a Q&A about the Ende Gelände protest with Wageningen students that participated. Bring your lunch and we’ll get you coffee/tea for during the movie. You’ll be back in time for your afternoon lectures. Stay updated on the Facebook Event
What: Documentary Disobedience
When: 12.30 – 13.15, 31 May
Where: Leeuwenborch, C64

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Summer excursion Cloughjordan Ecovillage (Ireland) & Bristol (UK) 4 – 12 July

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From 4th – 12th July RUW Foundation organises it’s yearly summer study trip . This year we will go to Cloughjordan Ecovillage in Ireland and Bristol (UK) which was the Green Capital of Europe in 2015. Join us on a Quest for Autonomy!

  • When: 4th – 12th July 2016
  • Where: Cloughjordan ecovillage (Ireland) & Bristol (UK)
  • Costs: €275 including transport, accommodation, excursions and most meals
  • Deadline for subscription: 8th of May 2016 (check the last paragraph to see how)

What are we going to do?

Each year RUW Foundation organises a summer excursion related to our year theme. This year we have chosen ‘Shades of Green’ as our year theme. With this theme we like to elaborate on the different strands on sustainability. Rather than one environmental movement, there is a broad spectrum of people and organisations that consider themselves to be ‘green’. We seek to deepen the debate by differentiating between the many distinct colours of environmentalism. Colour is a particularly suitable metaphor as it is also used in literature on sustainability. ‘Light-green’ refers to technology oriented solutions, in favour of gradual change and considered to be optimistic. ‘Dark-green’ on the other hand is described as socially oriented, in favour of radical change and pessimistic. Between these extremes a palette of different opinions exists.

Goal of the excursion is to bring you, students of Wageningen University, to interesting places and let you experience and learn more about different forms of sustainability. Of course it is also very important that we have fun while doing this. This year we go on a quest for sustainability. There are many views about sustainability, to understand how different views on sustainability play out in practice we will compare the rural green community in an eco-village in Ireland and the urban green community in Bristol. What do they consider to be sustainable? What answers do they have towards some of the environmental and social problems we are facing? How do they struggle for autonomy? How do they try to be self-sufficient?

The draft programme looks as follows:

Cloughjordan Ecovillage (3 days)

Our journey will first lead us to the Ecovillage Cloughjordan in Ireland. There we will spend three days. We have made arrangements with the Education, Research and Training Group of the village and besides a general introduction to the project and a tour through and around the village. The draft program at the ecovillage looks as follows:

1) Meeting some members of the ecovillage board of directors to discuss the project and its future

2) Visiting Cloughjordan community farm and experience working on a community farm

3) Visiting the Green Enterprise Centre and its community fablab

4) Seeing the energy barn and getting a briefing on our renewable district heating system

5) Visiting the award-winning bakery and getting a briefing from the baker

6) Getting a briefing on plans to develop a co-operative ‘farm-to-fork’ restaurant

7) Getting a briefing on plans for a co-housing project of low-cost housing

8) Visting the Red gardens and getting a briefing on the Research Education and Development (RED) gardens.

9) Discussing about economics and sustainability with people from the Irish think-tank Feasta, The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability

Currently we are finalizing the details and working on incorporating interactive learning methods.


To shed light on the stances towards sustainability of the urban green community the journey will take us by boat to Bristol, which is widely celebrated for its community spirit, creativity and freethinking attitude and was elected as Green Capital of Europe in 2015. In Bristol we want to visit different local initiatives that are launched aimed at becoming more self-sustainable. One of them is the Bristol Pound which is a local and community currency created to improve Bristol’s local economy but also aimed at creating stronger bonds within the community by increasing social capital. Moreover, buying locally decreases emissions and reduces the impact of national economic crises and dependency on international trade (e.g. fossil fuels, food, etc.) by enhancing self-sufficiency. The Bristol Pound contributed to Bristol being awarded the title of European Green Capital 2015. For the remaining days in Bristol we have not yet completed the program but we have reached out to the University of Bristol and various other organisations such as Bristol Green Capital, The New Economics Foundation, Filwood Green Business Park, Bristol Green Society (which is a green student organisation of the University of Bristol) of which we are discussing the possibility to organize a workshop together or an exchange with students.

Keep an eye on the website for updates on the program in Bristol.


During the excursion we will use different means of transportation! We will fly from Amsterdam to Dublin and use public transport to go to Cloughjordan. We go to the UK by boat and back to the Netherlands by bus. All the transport cost are included in the price except for getting to the airport and the public transport from (probably Utrecht) back to Wageningen. We will however do our best to arrange group tickets for this.

 VISA information

During the study trip we will visit 2 countries, Ireland and England (UK). If you join you are responsible yourself for arranging the right visa if necessary. Please check if you need to arrange a visa here:



Ireland belongs to the EU so you probably do not need a visa for this country.


You are responsible to organise your own travel and health insurance.

How to subscribe & disclaimer

You can subscribe for this trip by sending the subscription + disclaimer (print, sign, scan) to Click here for the subscription form and Disclaimer. To finalize your subscription you need to transfer the participant fee of €275 to the account of RUW:  NL 87 RABO 0397 0991 26 under the name of STICHTING RURAAL WAGENINGEN with your name in the notes/comments section on or before the 8th of May!

If you have any questions please send an email to!


Hoe God verdween uit Jorwerd: Geert Mak over de toekomst van het platteland – 20 jaar later


Openbaar interview Geert Mak op 25 april 2016 in Wageningen:

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Geert Mak over de toekomst van het platteland – 20 jaar later


In oktober 1996 verscheel het boek “Hoe God verdween uit Jorwerd” van Geert Mak. “Het is het verhaal van de boeren en het geld, van de kleine winkeliers en de oprukkende stad, van de kerktoren die instortte en de import die niet meer groette. Het verhaal van de mooie Gais Meinsma, van de kruidenier en zijn heimwee, en van Peer, die stierf in de boerenkool”[1]. Twintig jaar geleden, toen het boek uitkwam, is Geert Mak in Wageningen geweest om het boek met studenten en inwoners van Wageningen te bespreken. Op 25 april 2016 komt hij weer naar Wageningen, 20 jaar later, om terug te blikken op de veranderingen van het platteland de afgelopen 20 jaar.

Bettina Bock (Associate Professor, Leerstoel Groep Rurale Sociologie Wageningen Universiteit) zal Geert Mak interviewen over de veranderingen op het platteland van de afgelopen 20 jaar, het huidige plattelandsbeleid en over de verschillen en overeenkomsten tussen stad en platteland. Geert Mak zal ook voordragen uit zijn boek. Daarna zal het publiek worden uitgenodigd om vragen te stellen.

Datum en tijd: Maandag 25 april van 20.00 tot 21.30, deuren open en welkom met koffie en thee om 19.30. Vol = Vol

Locatie: De Bblthk, Stationsstraat 2, 6701 AM Wageningen