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Pet Shop Food Bar: SOS plant care

What is the relationship between soil microbes and healthy plants? How do they communicate? What are good soil improvers and how do you keep the microbes in the ground happy?

In this workshop at the Pet Shop Food Bar we wil talk with soil ecologist Gerard Korhals and Wil Sturkenboom, organic farmer at the Fruittuin van West in Amsterdam. From their expertise they will advice participants on which microbes will take best care you off your plants. 

What do microbes have to offer for your balcony plant. And can microbes contribute to efficiently growing plants or even be applied on a large scale? Can they offer an alternative for chemical pesticides?

Gerard Korthals is soil ecologist and researcher at the Dutch Instituut for Ecology. In his work he looks at how to take care of our soil. Amongst others he co-developed soil-animalday and the nematode schedule.

Wil Sturkenboom is farmer at the Fruittuin van West in Amsterdam. He will share his expertise on the importance and diversity of compost and the potential of microbes. 

15:00 - 15:10 Introduction
15:10 - 15:30 Gerard Korthals on his search to soil improvers
15:30 - 15:50 Wil Sturkenboom on the communication between microbes and plants
15:50 - 16:30 Discussion en hands on plant care
16:30 - 16:45 App presentation by Erwin Hoogerwoord
16:45 - 17:00 Drinks 

Entrance € 5,-

Pet Shop Food Bar
Waag is opening its pop-up microbial pet shop in Amsterdam’s city centre once again. After three successful events, at Dutch Design Week, Museum Night Amsterdam and the Red Light Pet Shop in the heart of Amsterdam's red light district, it's time to find out how our micro-pets can contribute to the future of our food.

Grab a superfood breakfast at our Pet Shop Food Bar; surprise your friends with some homemade spirulina candies; or learn about how bacteria contribute to our food, flora, and food intake. Our collection of bacteria, fungi, and algae is available for purchase at the Pet Shop Food Bar. In our workshop series, we will research the possible effects our biobank might have on future food trends.

The Pet Shop Food Bar is organized in cooperation with BigPicnic, a collaborative project between Waag and 15 botanical gardens that focuses on food security in the future. Because what do we really know about our food? What does it mean that farming is becoming more one-sided? And could something as simple as bacteria help us? In the Pet Shop Food Bar, we will examine the roles biotechnology, mircoorganisms, and bacteria can play in shaping the future of our food.

The Pet Shop Food Bar is open from 3 November till 26 November: Tuesday -Saturday from 11:00 till 17:00.




Pet Shop Food Bar, Houtkopersdwarsstraat 6, Amsterdam


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 710780.