Excursion to GREEN LAB Rotterdam

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What: Excursion
When: 12-13th April
Where: Rotterdam

Discover innovative urban food projects by bike! In the context of the year theme “Urban greens, Rural blues”, RUW is going to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is an example case when it comes to urban agriculture and food production in the city.

How to set up a bee farm in the center of the 600.000-inhabitant city? How to market the products of urban farming and are they safe to eat? How can urban agriculture help solve climate change and social problems? Dont miss the chance to get the answers from the experts in the field!

Preliminary programme
This is the latest program for the trip, it is possible that other activities will be added.

Saturday
– Departure from Wageningen by bus in the early morning
– Introductory lecture from Rotterdam Municipality and Edible Rotterdam
– Visit to DakAkkers – green roof garden and bee keeping
– Lunch in the park
– Bicycle excursion through Rotterdam
– Dinner at Hotspot Hutspot – an organic restaurant run by people from the neighbourhood.

Sunday
– Breakfast
– Visit to RotterZwam – mushroom farm in an old swimming pool
– Lunch
– Visit to Uit je eigen stad – urban agriculture & restaurant  initiative
– Free late afternoon/ evening in Rotterdam. You travel back to Wageningen on your own accord.

Costs
The trip costs €33 per person. This includes: transport to Rotterdam, accommodation in a hostel for one night, all activities, bicycle rental and one dinner. This does not include the trip back to Wageningen, all other food and any personal expenses.

Subscription
There are limited places available. Please subscribe before 24th March by sending an email to ruw@wur.nl with your full name and telephone number. You will receive a confirmation shortly afterwards. Your subscription is only complete when we receive your payment.

Tour de Wageningen

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What: Tour de Wageningen
Where: Wageningen and surroundings

It’s dry outside – a perfect excuse to go for a bicycle ride through Wageningen and its surroundings. Our participants were excited to know what else is there to be seen except the ‘house-university’ route.

We visited a number of places on the way. The Hoge Borrn – an organic ‘caring’ farm north of the Forum. The farm takes care of mentally disabled people by providing different methods for therapy. It also sells its organic products, (and repaired bicycles) in a small shop. We then cycled through the Binnenveld, a quiet landscape between the two hills (yes we have those), to the Blauwe Kamer. Translated as the Blue Room, this area is a nature reserve situated to the west of Wageningen. Not only it is an important bird habitat, it also acts as a buffer zone in times of high water levels. Flood water is ‘saved’ here, so that areas downstream have less problems.

Afterwards we went back to Wageningen, through Hotel de Wereld to another organic shop, Buys and Co. Here we ate some tasty apples and then went on to the mill De Vlijt – one of the few mills still in professional operation in the Netherlands, that mills organic grains and produces flour and flour products for the region.

Through this trip the participants gained an insight into what there is to see outside the city center of Wageningen and got to know places where they can buy local and regional products.