The Curious Finch is an educational garden focused on learning and teaching about growing organic edibles – vegetables, herbs, flowers, mushrooms and fruit – in small spaces.
The garden was set up in 2012 in order to address the issue that urban dwellers increasingly want to grow their own food but lack the necessary tools and training. Together with a group of volunteers we created a garden focused on the most relevant sustainable urban farming crops and techniques.
The educational garden is divided into small plots and areas that each demonstrate different aspects and techniques of urban growing: permaculture, biodynamic growing, seed saving, composting, herbs, wild plants, mushrooms, edible flowers, companion planting, berries, and heritage crops.
We organize regular hands-on workshops in the Curious Finch on themes including composting, beekeeping and permaculture techniques. We also hold regular children’s workshops with activities such as building fairy houses, treasure hunts through the garden, identifying insects and pollinators, collecting and planting seeds, and foraging and making snacks with wild plants.
Our regular garden work day is Saturday from 13-16:00. Helpers are always welcome! Let us know if you want to join: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Curious Finch is located between the Westerpark and the Sloterdijk train station, within the gates of Volkstuinpark Sloterdijkermeer. The entrance is via the parking lot along the train tracks.