Get Involved

Join us and grow!

Poppies on Bunsenstraat
Business groups:

For green days, work mornings, street makeovers and other options, which help to support us financially and help your team to bond, please see this post and contact Lynn Shore via riverofherbs@gmail.com or 0627596930.

 

Current RoH projects welcoming volunteer gardeners:

Collaboration at the orchards

Frankendael Orchards

No previous experience or long term commitment is required. You don’t need to sign up, just come along, say hello and get involved whenever you feel the urge! Anyone who is keen to find out more is welcome.

  • Stamhuis de Slibvijzel (Zeeburger Eiland – sand garden)
    New team will meet Sundays, 15.00 from 17 July 2016 until autumn sets in. riverofherbs@gmail.com
  • Comfrey patch / Smeerwortel hoekje (wasteland -> wildlife)
    Periodic seeding and maintenance. riverofherbs@gmail.com
  • Frankendael orchards (woodland herb garden under old fruit trees)
    Adopted in 2014. Wednesday mornings all year, 10.00 – 11.00 or 11.30. riverofherbs@gmail.com, 0627596930 (SMS).
  • Volksbond – Jan Rebelstraat (residential centre for homeless people with psychiatric issues).
    New team forming to create and maintain an edible vertical garden and to pass on green skills to the residents. It seems that Suzanne will head the team to start with. We don’t yet know start date or regular work time. riverofherbs@gmail.com if you’d like to know more.
  • Volksbond Oost – Work here is on pause as no sizeable volunteer team was formed, but this is a really worthwhile and straightforward project. If you fancy volunteering once or twice a month to help maintain and add herbs to this homeless shelter for young men and women, then please contact Lynn. We were working on the roof terrace pots and would love to get that going again soon. All volunteers here need a VOG (which will be paid for by RoH or the Volksbond). riverofherbs@gmail.com
may-2016

Stamhuis de Slibvijzel

Other RoH projects:

  • RoH Schools project – creating herb gardens with basis school children. All teachers are VOG cleared.
  • Lynn’s volkstuin – venue for some workshops. Creating a wildlife friendly garden from edible and medicinal herbs.

Hollyhock

Other ways to help:

  • Growing herbs at home, to plant out in our various projects. We can give you some seeds if needed. We don’t have a green house so all plants and help with this is very welcome!
  • Monitoring & maintaining certain sites. Once we get them solidly up and running with a local team of volunteers, we try to pass on weekly management to a local member of the team. Maybe this is something for you?
  • Website / social media updates.
  • Administration tasks.
  • Fund raising tips, advice and support.
  • Mapping. Tell us where there are great wildlife and people friendly plots in and around Amsterdam, which we can plot on the map page to inspire others.
  • Learn. Organise a small group in your neighbourhood and ask us to run a workshop or short course. They are good fun, informative and you will create a herb garden in the process. Content of some previous courses can be found on the downloads page and online.
  • Follow our course privately. Materials from the main River of Herbs course are being placed online or you may want to book a 1:1 session sometime. The training teaches cheap and simple ways to create, maintain and use herb gardens. riverofherbs@gmail.com.

Research & Education partnerships 

Interest from universities, schools, colleges and their students is always welcome. If you’re interested in some meaningful field research, an internship or a research partnership then please let us know. We have ideas of topics which may interest and are open to ideas.

Please contact Lynn Shore at riverofherbs@gmail.com or 0627596930 for further details.

Photo credit: Jolanda Hoogendoorn

Photo credit: Jolanda Hoogendoorn