What people say about Cityplot

Claire: I thought I knew a lot about gardening. But now I’ve learned that I have a lot to learn! And in so many ways, that’s such a wonderful feeling. This summer’s Get Down Get Dirty workshops with Cityplot have been real eye-openers. I learned to love my weeds. Take care of my worms. Share the seeds.

Sandra: I found the Get Down Get Dirty urban farmer year training very helpful, enjoyable and informative. Thanks to the training I was able to set up my own vegetable garden on my Amsterdam balcony and plant, grow and harvest tasty vegetables and herbs. The course is very well set up along the planting and harvesting seasons and teaches both the basics and the more advanced techniques. Suzanne and Ann are wonderful teachers and the lessons were varied because they regularly alternated between lectures and hands-on work.

Amrita: For a complete gardening newbie, the Get Down Get Dirty series was a fantastic eye-opener. Growing plants was demystified and I found out just how easy and rewarding it is to grow my own food. It also gave me a new appreciation for how much time, energy and resources go into the food I consume every day. I’m glad to say that I grew 3 types of potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, salad, spinach, rocket, blueberries, beans, garlic, herbs and more on my small balcony, and I can’t wait for next spring!

Anik: I thought the Get Down Get Dirty course was great. It covered a ton of material in a short amount of time, and it was all very practical. My balcony garden was much more successful this year than in years past! I also feel like I have a much better idea of how soil works, and what I need to do and not do to keep it healthy and active.

Karin: The Get Down Get Dirty year training was a revelation for me: I got all these little gems of knowledge and inspiration packed into powerful classes with step-by-step training, given by a knowledgeable and fun team. Annelies, Ann and Suzanne have years of practical experience and knowledge about growing food. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Each of the workshops was well prepared, inspiring and educational. They manage to create a group atmosphere in which everyone learns from each other. In addition they are always available for questions between the workshops. I recommend Cityplot workshops from the heart!

Carol: Cityplot gave me and my children’s garden project an enormous boost. The cooperation with Ann was very inspiring in the workshops on the roof of the van Beuningenplein Youth Centre. Her love for plants and children and the calm she radiates resulted in motivated children who enjoyed sowing, harvesting, tasting, planting potatoes, making seed bombs and much more.

Roberta from SOMO Amsterdam: Having Cityplot host our team building event was an awesome idea! Ann and Annelies led a friendly, funny and informative session about how to grow (and re-grow) food inside during the winter from seeds and scraps. Who would have thought that celery stubs can keep producing stalks? We also did some hands-on activities in smaller groups: building our own sprouting kits (it’s so fun to watch your sprouts grow!) and using dried flowers and herbs to make our own herbal tea bags.

Frances from Stadsregio Amsterdam: Incredibly fun and informative team outing workshop given by Ann and Annelies. They first showed us the wonderful world of plants, and then – enjoying the sun in the garden – we went to work ourselves creating sprouting jars and herbal tea mixes. Definitely highly recommended!

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