Thesis/internship opportunities at RotterZwam!

cropped-RotterZwam-logo2_3kleuren__ai__1_pagina_1RotterZwam is a young company growing edible mushrooms in the abandoned swimming pool building in Rotterdam. As if that’s not cool enough, using the principles of blue economy, the company grows their mushrooms on used coffee and delivers them directly to their customers, producing zero waste and having a producer-to-customer distance of less than 10 kilometers.

RotterZwam could use some help expanding their production and building on their knowledge and they invite students to contribute to their project.

Possible activities
There is a lot to do, and the activities will be tailored to the needs of the students and company. The possible activities could include:
* Testing coffee grounds before use for Oyster mushroom farming
* Testing coffee husk before use for Oyster mushroom farming
* Testing coffee grounds after use for Oyster mushroom farming
* Testing coffee husk after use for Oyster mushroom farming
* Test different kind of composting [thermophilic, tiger worm, bokashi]
* Specifying nutrient contents and advising on different ways of composting [or no composting]
* Check for impact of different ingredients in the substrate
* Check nutrient en toxicity levels in [different] coffee grounds

Expected skills
* Good communication skills
* Be knowledgeable on topic
* Interested in urban farming
* Interested in making new connections [between urban and traditional farming]

If you are seriously interested in the above mentioned topics, send your CV and motivation letter to (Mr) Siemen Cox at

Excursion to GREEN LAB Rotterdam


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.

– 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.

– 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.

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.

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