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Are you between 16 and 27? Do you have about 1 day a week? And do you want to actively contribute to nature and sustainability in the Netherlands? For example, putting nature work on the map among ...


Organize the very first Rotterdam Food Forest Festival!

7 hrs/wk · 27 Feb – 3 Jul
Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
Environment & sustainabilityHealth & wellbeingEducation
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Help promote this ultimate sustainable form of food production and organize the very first Rotterdam food forest festival with us!

Food forests are the ultimate form of sustainable food production, fully cooperating with natural ecosystems. By embracing biodiversity, we believe that food forests can become a sustainable replacement for agriculture. In addition, food forests offer ecosystem services such as cleaner air, a shelter for animals and insects, storage of CO2 and more climate adaptation in the city through shade and the collection and retention of water.

In addition to the construction and maintenance of food forests, we want to introduce as many people as possible to the food forests and the (eco) system thinking that lies behind them. This goes beyond ecological principles, but also looks, for example, at social interactions, personal development and how companies can organize themselves more organically. Our ultimate goal is to organize society according to the principles of the food forests.

Due to the relatively new emergence of Food Forests, our current target group often consists of people with an ecological / green background and an older average age. A food forest festival offers a perfect opportunity for broadening our diversity and for the accessible sharing of our ideas; especially for people without a green background. In addition, a food forest festival has hardly ever been organized (on a large scale) before, so you can become part of a first!

During the festival we will open up our various food forest locations in Rotterdam. The content of the festival will be devised together with the trainees and various food forest experts. Think, for example, of local harvest tastings, activities, interactive workshops and whatever else can be imagined to let people experience food forests and the ideas behind them.

Prior to thinking about the festival, as a trainee you will receive a course on how food forests work, and we will share how we see these principles reflected in the broader facets of society.

Regardless of the beer brand, Corona and festivals do not go well together. Many precautions are possible outside (such as time slots and walking routes), but events can also be completely prohibited. An online variant is, for example, an online food forest conference with various speakers and interactive workshops including highlighted career opportunities within the food forest movement. The preference will be discussed with the trainees by then.

In short: your commitment

You will work on organizing the food forest festival, from thinking up the workshops to the appearance and from the marketing to contact with various food forest experts. Depending on what you like and what you are good at, you can also come up with your own ideas or connect to a part that you would like to learn more about.

In short: your impact

Thanks to you it is possible to organize the first official Rotterdam Food Forest Festival! Outside of Rotterdam, examples of other (large-scale) food forest festivals are also very limited, so that with this traineeship you can contribute to the start of a completely new phenomenon!

With this festival you help to increase the popularity of food forests enormously and more and more people come into contact with this sustainable form of agriculture in an accessible way. This festival can then return annually and be shared with food forests all over the Netherlands and eventually even beyond!


Start date: February 27, 2021, End date: July 3, 2021, starting and ending with a national day

1 day a week, 7 hours a day, on Tuesdays.


As soon as it is possible again, we will meet as much as possible in our office building in Rotterdam.

What do we offer?

  • a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and experience at a national project organization in the field of nature, education and sustainability;
  • professional guidance;
  • work together with a group of 10 to 15 trainees
  • relevant training and workshops;
  • an upgrade of your network;
  • a creative environment where you can discover and use your talent;
  • the ability to convert ideas into implementation;
  • a travel allowance.

So are you:

  • Between 16 and 27 years old?
  • Ready to increase your impact?
  • Available from February 27, 2021 to July 3, 2021

Then sign up quickly!

Contact information:

Steven Kramer, Surface

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About Groen Traineeship
Are you between 16 and 27? Do you have about 1 day a week? And do you want to actively contribute to nature and sustainability in the Netherlands? For example, putting nature work on the map among young people, save the eel, plant Tiny Forests together with residents and children or set up a festival tour for the kickstart "the Year of the Changeer". Then we have something that suits you. With the Green Traineeship you choose which project or projects you want to do. Hope to see you soon :)
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