CAMPUS GARDEN & BEEHIVE
This is not just any ordinary garden. It is full of edible plants; fruits, vegetables and herbs, all planted and maintained by students and staff. We even have our own bee palace and are very proud to say that everything here is grown according to principles of natural or sustainable farming.
WHY SUSTAINABLE FARMING?
Agriculture covers more than 50% of all habitable land on earth, dominating the composition of its ecosystems. The way we grow our food thus heavily shapes the quality and diversity of life on this planet, even affecting the circumstances of our daily lives. Monocultures and agrochemicals have a detrimental impact on life on this planet. Let’s change the way we grow our food and make it a force for positive change!
Natural farming is about feeding the world by enriching its ecosystems and using these to power and guide food production.
- By not plowing, not spraying any chemicals and not using artificial fertilizers, we can allow the soil life to fully develop and to take over most of the hard work.
- By always keeping the soil covered with living or dead organic material, we can protect it while at the same time suppressing weeds and feeding soil biology.
- By mixing a variety of crops and keeping some wild plants in place we can suppress diseases.
With methods like these, natural farming not only benefits life, but it also eliminates the use of expensive and damaging chemicals, machines, fuels and irrigation systems. Also, because natural farmers are always learning from nature, farming becomes more fun!
Ecosystems have an enormous value. Plants, fungi, bacteria, animals; together they produce the oxygen that we breathe, they clean and cycle the water that we drink and they consists of the food that we eat. We believe that a healthy diverse ecosystem and productivity are a perfect match and form the basis for any sustainable society. We think that something is truly valuable when it is produced while enriching the life in its ecosystem. With the diversity of plants and bees installed here, we are looking for a natural balance between plants and animals that is also productive.
We are very happy that our garden includes a beehive that is managed by a sustainable beekeeper.
What is a sustainable beekeeper? A beekeeper that does not keep bees to take their honey. Instead, a sustainable beekeeper is aware of the importance of bees to our ecosystem, so they keep them purely to enrich their surrounding environment.
Each week we host gardening sessions for gardeners of all experience levels to come enjoy the fresh air, develop skills and knowledge, get their hands dirty, and of course try some of the delicious veggies we grow. No registration, experience or materials required. We also host occasional beekeeping sessions and in March you can even start a course to become a certified sustainable beekeeper!