River of Herbs was recently awarded a generous NME fonds grant by the City of Amsterdam to fund our Schools Project. We will begin working with ten selected schools from the end of 2014 through to the summer of 2015. Each school will receive two free workshops from the River of Herbs Schools team, teaching 30 children and 2 teachers how to plan, plant and maintain child freindly herbs in urban spaces (such as the school playground or space directly outside of the school building). We are very excited about the project and are delighted to have been awarded the funds to make it happen. At the moment the project group is being set up and teaching materials prepared.
Which ten schools?
We will be publicising the project soon and will then consider the schools which express an interest. The ten focus schools need to be in Amsterdam and to have a community of motivated staff, parents and pupils who would be keen to participate in the project. The workshops will provide very useful gardening skills and will result in a herb garden at each site. The children and staff must want to use their new herbal gardening skills to care for the school herb garden themselves and they should use their new skills to teach other children and families how to grow and use herbs. The schools do not need to have any gardening “land.” It is possible to grow herbs almost anywhere and each site will provide different opportunities and challenges.
If you are part of an Amsterdam school where you think there may be serious interest in joining our schools project then do contact us and keep an eye on this website. Training at ten Amsterdam schools will be funded by this project but other schools may like to participate. Those who are not selected can follow developments and pick up tips, ideas and inspiration from the River of Herbs Schools Page which will soon be part of this website. If other schools would like members of our schools team to visit them, to provide the ROH Schools workshops or offer advice, then this will be possible for a very reasonable cost.
Meeting for Schools Project Volunteer Team.
Monday 2nd June, 20.00-21.00
Frankendael Orchards (we will go inside Merkelbach restaurant/Huize Frankendael if it rains).
Meeting to establish the team of Dutch and/or English speaking enthusiastic ROH gardeners, to train in ten selected Amsterdam basis schools (4-12 year olds).
We will explain:
1. The project.
2. What the ROH schools team will do.
3. How to apply to be on the team.
You’ll need VOG goed gedrag clearance (applied for specifically for this ROH project – previous VOG certificates are not sufficient) and to show that you can thoughtfully explain simple gardening tasks to young children. Teaching gardening is not difficult but it’s not something for everyone.
4. What ROH can offer volunteers in return for their help.
5. Other ROH Schools Project things that we need help with:
… preparing the course materials,
… marketing/publicity aimed at schools,
… planning, setting up and updating the ROH Schools Page of this website (English and Dutch),
… setting up and moderating a private Facebook group for teachers at the ten schools,
… liaising with the ten schools and other schools via email etc.
… purchasing assistance for required materials (best sources and prices etc).
So some volunteers may be more interested in these things, rather than the actual teaching. We need plenty of help with this so please don’t be shy! This first meeting will also give time to raise questions about the project and so on.
We hope to see you on Monday evening!
The old Frankendael Orchards are located at the sides of the formal garden, behind Huize Frankendael. Inside that building is Restaurant Merkelbach (Middenweg 72). We will gather under the big Yew (NL: Taxus) tree, near the chickens. So, in the hedged orchard closest to the Koetshuis part of Huize Frankendael. If the weather is bad will go inside of Huize Frankendael.