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Walks Twice a Month

Photo credit: City Plot Amsterdam

Photo credit: City Plot Amsterdam

From September 2014  I’ll be offering two Urban Herbology walks a month for anyone interested in learning more about local edibles and medicinals. One walk per month will be in Park Frankendael (my local stamping ground) and the other will be somewhere else in Amsterdam, could be street walks . . . → Read More: Walks Twice a Month

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Wonderful Walkers!


Huge thanks to all the lovely people who joined me for herb walks in Park Frankendael recently. It was a pleasure to meet you all, to see new faces, familiar faces and to hear your stories and questions.  Here a few links and photos which the walks brought to my mind. If you . . . → Read More: Wonderful Walkers!

April – May Herbs in Amsterdam

Teasel Frankendael

April and May are very busy and green months!

There were two very pleasant public herb walks in April. Thanks to everyone who came along. It was so wonderful to meet you!

The Frankendael Park orchard project began. River of Herbs is gradually transforming the four old orchards behind Restaurant Merkelbach into shady . . . → Read More: April – May Herbs in Amsterdam

Two Spring Walks


I have just set two dates for Urban Herbology walks this spring. They are now on the events page. They will take place on Sunday 6th April and Thursday 10th April. Both walks will be in English but I can speak some Dutch when needed. Handouts will be available in English or Dutch, please . . . → Read More: Two Spring Walks


Last November I gave a talk at the TEDxYouth@AICS event called Edible Cities. It is now on YouTube…

River of Herbs @ Pakhuis de Zwijger

Tansy Bees

Are you are interested in: Growing edible & medicinal herbs in public spaces, Encouraging pollinating insects into the city, Increasing Urban Food Security, Creating a community food forest, Learning and sharing gardening skills, Creating an edible wildlife corridor through Amsterdam, by planting tiny unused pockets of land?

Then please come along to the River . . . → Read More: River of Herbs @ Pakhuis de Zwijger

Bifurcated Carrots is all about seed saving: Why we should do it. Who is doing it already. And how we can do it. It’s run from Amsterdam by Patrick Wiebe and Steph Mandel who seem to be as passionate as me about increasing food security. They keep us up to date on the attempts of government . . . → Read More: Bifurcated Carrots

Sweet Chestnut & Parsnip Risotto

Sweet Chestnut and Parsnip Risotto

I learned on Saturday, from one of my Willow apprenticeship group, that many Japanese cooks like to peel Sweet Chestnuts when raw and add them to rice whilst it cooks. So today I tried it out and wow – what a sensation this cooking combination can create! I intended to take a huge portion of . . . → Read More: Sweet Chestnut & Parsnip Risotto

Autumn Street Treats and Tricks

Turkish Hazelnut Case

The past few weeks have seen a bounty of free street food falling from trees in Amsterdam. I’ve been enjoying Hazelnuts, Hawthorn berries & Sloes (plucked rather than fallen) and Sweet chestnuts – all absolutely delicious when prepared! The nuts and fruit are still there for the taking in many places but if you have . . . → Read More: Autumn Street Treats and Tricks

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