Aardwerk Boot Camp

An in-depth introduction into pragmatic design philosophies for making The Good Life*. With e.g.: permaculture, biomimicry, blue economy and The Natural Step. You may be eligeble for the internationally recognised PDC certificate by finishing the course successfully. Starting December 2015.

The course is suitable for anyone who wants to contribute to biodiversity, nature and lanscape management at any scale from the kitchen counter top to ecological backbone structure in a practical way. An opportunity for urban citizens to learn how they can make a substantial contribution to extending the national ecological backbone structure right from there own back yard and indoor living spaces. Stimulation biodiversity and securing our own health, wellbeing and sustainable economic success.

You will learn to recognize and leverage the opportunities in your environment and yourself. By clever useage you will stimulate and improve on the functioning of the genious of the nature around us. By pampering the earth, you improve the plants and animals. Better and happier plants and animals result in better food and living environments. A better living environment results in happy, healthy and sustainably employable people and a healthy community. Or like Ron Finley of Los Angeles puts it: “Change the soil, change the people”. Continue reading

Microbe Magic Wheel of Fortune

There Is Something Like A Free Lunch!

A series of four playful/artful FREE lunch time interventions on microbes and their essential role in everyday life. The hart and soul of soil fertility, drivers of biodiversity and eco system services.

How can you as private individual in your own home, garden and office make a huge difference in creating and developing healthy and alive soils and eat gourmet meals as a fringe benefit? Contribute to nature and landscape management in urban, peri-urban and rural environments using very simple techniques you can learn in half an hour. You get a take-away grow kit and a gourmet tester of the finished product during each session. Continue reading

Lunch mini workshop: Making Yoghurt

Obstjoghurt01Yoghurt is a fermentation of milk with selected bacteria transforming hard to digest milk sugars into lactic acids which assist in digestion of milk proteins and give yoghurt its characteristic tang.
Lacto-fermenting bacteria like Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus are often used, but also others, different brands distinguishing themselves with different recipes.

With Leo Bakx and Stefan Pfundtner.

Wednesday 30 September, 12:15 – 12:45h @ HTC Community Garden, Eindhoven. Continue reading

Coming Up: Winter 2015-2016


Photo courtesy of HTC Community GardenOnder voorbehoud

  • Lunchworkshops rond paddestoelen kweken en fermentatie op de aanrecht, o.a. bij High Tech Campus en Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. Vanaf oktober 2015
  • Jaarcursus stadstuinieren – start in maart 2016
  • Aardwerk Boot Camp: duurzaam ontwerp voor Het Goede Leven, met o.a. permacultuur, biomimicry, blue economy en the natural step. Met deze cursus kan je het internationaal erkende PDC certificaat behalen – start in december 2015
  • GreenDragons Boot Camp: opleiding voor docenten in duurzame ontwikkeling. Met zowel real-world als online leren. Speciaal voor mensen die een hekel hebben aan school maar wel houden van avontuur. Boot Camp is de introductie op een 4-jarig programma op MBO, Bachelor, Masters en Doctoraal niveau. Start: 13 oktober 2015.

Introductiemiddag (gratis) bij Plugin City, Strijp-S, Eindhoven tijdens Dutch Design Week 17 t/m 25 oktober 2015. Details volgen. Continue reading

Lunch intervention*: Grow Your Own Yellow Oyster Mushroom

popuplogoPleurotus citrinopileatus also know as the golden oyster mushroom or Yellow Oyster Mushroom is a popular mushroom in Asia and Eastern Europe. Like most other Oyster Mushrooms, it is a wood decay fungus – a bit like a vegan mushroom, compared to the common white button mushroom which digests animal manure. They can convert 100 g of organic refuse into 50-70 g of fresh mushrooms, which are up to 30% protein. They are a great source of anti-oxydants and have reportedly antihyperglycemic properties in diabetes patients.

With Leo Bakx and chef Erling Rugsten.

Wednesday 19 August 12:15 – 12:45h, @ HTC Community Garden, Eindhoven Continue reading

Evening Intervention: Making Yoghurt

popuplogoYoghurt is a fermentation of milk with selected bacteria transforming hard to digest milk sugars into lactic acids which assist in digestion of milk proteins and give yoghurt its characteristic tang.
Lacto-fermenting bacteria like Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus are often used, but also others, different brands distinguishing themselves with different recipes.

With Leo Bakx and Lee Primeau.

Wednesday 23 September, 12:15 – 12:45h @ HTC Community Garden, Eindhoven. Continue reading

Lunch Mini Workshop Coffee Mushrooms

pinks-06Wednesday 1 July, 12:15 till 12:45h,
HTC Community Garden Eindhoven.

Grow them at your desk. Grow them at your kitchen sink.
Contribute to the circular economy by giving your coffee grounds new life as delicious oyster mushrooms. It doesn’t stop there. The next life is to feed the spent coffee/mycelium mix to your worm farm, bokashi bucket or compost heap. Completing the circle, you can then feed the resulting nutritious compost to the plants in your garden, creating the next cycle of food for your enjoyment.

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This eternal cycle of life and enjoyment starts right here…
Demonstration and hands-on do-it-yourself. You take a way your very own grow kit with the fungus starter and first feeding of coffee grounds.
You also get a quick reference card with basic instructions and some background information.
Finally we will have a tasting of oyster mushroom delicacies.

Your guides on this culinary adventure into the circular economy are Leo Bakx of Aardwerk Academy and Paul van Rooyen of Paul’s Kitchen.

€20 pp including grow kit, quick reference card & tasting

Contact & Registration

Aardwerk Academie
E: info@aardwerk.org


Live Life Hacking project

EHV MMF Logo500De Aardwerk Academie is de komende tijd bezig met het inrichten en ontwikkelen van een PopUp Academie (een driejarig project). Deze zomer organiseren we verschillende activiteiten. Zo was er op 5 juni al een workshop over oesterzwammen kweken op koffiedik bij de High Tech Campus Community Garden – een educatieve lunch interventie in het veld.


29 en 30 augustus kan je ons vinden op de Eindhoven Mini Maker Faire. Met een Designers Lounge en Makers Van. O.a. pimpen we een busje of caravan met aquaponics, oesterzwammenkweek en compost toilet systemen.

We verwachten ondermeer Elin Olga Magndahl, reizende chef uit Zweden, die in augustus Eindhoven zal aandoen met haar mobile woning/keuken. Van Paul’s Kitchen verwachten we spectaculair lekkers. Het wordt dus een educatief en vermakelijk festijn…

Open Door: Aardwerk Academie

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Aardwerk Academie heeft Open Deur deze zomer, elke maandag van 10:00 tot 12:00uur bij MAD emergent art center, Social Lab gebouw, Don Boscostraat 4. Bij de receptie vragen naar MAD.

We werken elke maandag ochtend aan de ontwikkeling van de academie. Kom en proef aan dit Action Learning proces.

Deze maand o.a. de organisatie van een edutainment evenement: TuinHack hackathon tijdens de Eindhoven Mini Maker Faire op 29 en 30 augustus. Ook op de rol: inrichten van een nieuwe locatie voor de Popup Academie en de ontwikkeling van het curriculum.

Leren is (leuke!) dingen doen, fouten maken en reflecteren. Maak het mee en verleg je grenzen.

Expats Welcome!

Aardwerk Academy welcomes you to the weekly Open Door sessions, every Monday Morning from 10AM till noon at MAD emergent art center, Social Lab building, Don Boscostraat 4, Eindhoven. Please check in the reception and ask for MAD.

Every Monday we work on the development of the Academy. Come and join our Action Learning process.

This month we focus on the organisation of an edutainment event: the TuinHack hackathon part of the Eindhoven Mini Maker Faire on 19 and 30 August 2015. Also in the cue: development of a new location for the Popup Academy and our curriculum.

Learning is doing (fun!) things, making mistakes and reflecting on them. Experience it and expand your envelope.

Come and practice your Dutch conversation skills while learning about designing the Good Life and how to teach it to others.

Spring explosion smoothie

A recipe from Elin Olga Magndahl – our Summer School Chef from Sweden.

courtesy Elin Olga MagndahlSoak 10 almonds over night, rinse well and blend until creamy with 1 cup of birch sap (can be substituted with water). Add ½ sweet apple, 1 teaspoon of honey, the juice of 1 nib of ginger and finally a big hand full of young spring greens. Dandelions, Nettles, Bishops weed or birch leaves – Choose your favories and blend until smooth. Taste the power of spring!

Aardwerk Summer School 2015: Cancelled

Cancelled Except TuinHack Hacakthon
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Hackathon Urban Farming: TuinHack

In conjunction with the Eindhoven Mini Maker Faire, Aardwerk hosts an Urban Farming Hackathon. Challenges include: Make, Play, Sense & Quantify and Distribute.

You will participate in multi-diciplinairy teams to bring innovative concepts to a working prototype stage in under 32 hours. You will meet subject experts, creatives, makers and hackers.

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(Future Food Hack)

(Hack Food Waste)

(Flora Fauna Hack)

We will dive into real-world challenges in the urban food cycle, from soil to harvest to table to toilet and back to the soil. Challenges are opportunities for innovation and creative solutions. We will explore new applications of existing and appropriate technology, creating local human scale solution in an industrial world.

The aim is to produce a working prototype within the time frame of the Hackathon. The prototype may be serve as a starting point for further development with your team, a challenge owner or sponsor.

All projects will be showcased on the Mindhoven website, where it will get exposure and opportunities may develop to bring your design “to market”.

There will be prizes to win, either in cash or in-kind.


The Urban Farming Hacakthon is of interest to anyone in urban agriculture, design, art, hardware and software technology, business development and marketing.

Especially young professionals and seniors are invited to participate. We aim at a good balance between men and women, between locals/expats from the Eindhoven region and the wider Euro region, including Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany in particular.


  • Great opportunity to meet and work with people you wouldn’t normally come across in your own network.
  • Be inspired and achieve something practical beyond your familiar comfort zone. The rush of discovery!
  • Great food and great company.
  • Go home with new friends and new business opportunities.


leo1200Leo Bakx – a veteran of many hackathons, e.g. Flora Fauna Hack, Age Hack I & II, Hack Food Waste, permaculture designer and teacher at Aardwerk Academy. Involved in urban farming projects like High Tech Campus and Technical University Community Gardens.

He will be assisted by some surprise guests.

dscf6753Elin Olga Magndahl is our Swedish Chef serving delicious healthy meals. She is assisted by our volunteers. Elin Olga catered to the needs of Ridgedale Permaculture in Värmland, Sweden last year and is now touring Europa as freelance PDC chef. “This is my passion and my aspiration, to offer a culinary adventure into the world of health and flavour. I wish to grow within the practice as a chef and nurture people all over Europe.


Stadslab St. Josef, Bloemfonteinstraat 62, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

29/30 August 2015, 09:00 – late. Closing ceremony 30 August at 16:00h.


Ticket price: FREE! including meals.

Register onlineREGISTRATION STILL OPEN – till 1 August 2015.


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