Near my place there is a beautiful vegetable garden where I go and volunteer once a month called De Brede Moestuin. The last 2 times I was helping there in February and March it was raining and cold, but people turned up all the same and it was fun to be all in the same (wet) boat. Yesterday it was really sunny and just the right temperature which made it even more appreciable.
The garden is right in the middle of the business district, surrounded with skyscrapers and extremely modern architecture of the Zuidas. I really love the contrast of this green oasis with the backdrop of buildings. It’s real urban farming.
The food being grown is for restaurant Bolenius around the corner, which cooks using local and organic ingredients. In exchange, we get to have a coffee break there and they spoil us with their cooking. Last times we had vegetarian bitterballen, and courgette and cheese tostis. This time we got Tarte Tatin right out of the oven… so delicious and beautifully presented!
The atmosphere with the volunteers is really laid back. There are people of all ages and origins, very friendly and open, and we all get on with our tasks: weeding, planting, picking… whilst learning to recognise plants and what parts of them you can eat etc.
To thank us for helping we each got to pick a fresh lettuce for our lunch. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten such a fresh lettuce before, straight from the garden. It tasted really good and it’s so amazing to know exactly where your food is coming from and in what conditions it has been grown.