10 Feb Anna’s Tuin – a sustainable garden next to the faculty
Are you a fan of sustainable food? Then you’ll love the new student’s initiative that is being launched right next to the faculty: ‘Anna’s Tuin’ (‘Anna’s Garden’). A formerly empty piece of land will be set up to promote ecological research and education and to produce fruits and vegetables for the cafés and restaurants of Amsterdam Science Park. Let’s check it out!
The goals of the garden
Anna’s Tuin (named after the last farmer of the Science Park area) will be governed by a non-profit students’ union, with students from different disciplinary backgrounds. They have several ambitious goals for the garden:
- To produce fruits and vegetables for local cafés and restaurants
- To reuse the compostable waste as fertiliser
- To be a place of education on sustainable gardening for children from local primary and high schools
- To be a place of discussion and research on ecology and permaculture for students, scientists, business people and other Science Park residents.
Anna’s Tuin is obviously a great idea, but the project has a long way to go. For now, the main objective is gaining legal access to a suitable plot within the Science Park area. There are lots of empty plots, but everyone with a voice on the Science Park area has a different view on what should happen with these plots. When access to a suitable plot is gained the real work can begin. And you are warmly invited to join in on the botanical fun!
Project for the Master’s Minor ‘Tesla’
Three of our faculty’s Master’s students founded Anna’s Tuin as a final project for their Tesla Minor. In this transdisciplinary Minor (named after the inventor and futurist Nicola Tesla), Master’s students work in small groups to find a scientific solution for a social or business problem. The Tesla students work ‘on the interface of science, business and society.’
I am very exited about Anna’s Tuin and can’t wait to eat salads and fruit cups straight from the Science Park ground! What do you think about the project?