There are several beehives on the DakAkker. The honeybees ensure pollination of plants on the DakAkker.
In earlier days beekeeping was part of the farm. Nowadays, more and more citypeople are discovering what beekeeping a special hobby can be. Considering the scarse space in the cities the urbanbeekeeper should look for a suitable place to place the beehivers. In some cases, a roof can be a great place to put a hive. When taking care of bees on rooftops you have to deal with a number of things that you do not have to deal with if you keep bees on the ground.
Read more at www.beesonline.nl or contact our rooftopbeekeeper for more information.
In the past, beekeeping was part of the farming business. Nowadays, more and more city dwellers are discovering what a special hobby can be. Given that space in cities is scarce in the countryside, the urban beekeeper should look for a suitable place to place the cupboards or baskets. In some cases, a roof can be a great place to put cupboards. When taking care of bees on rooftops you have to deal with a number of things that you do not have to deal with if you keep bees on the ground floor. Read more on www.beesonline.nl
Flat roofs can become very hot in the summer. The temperature of a black roof covering can rise to 80 degrees during a summer day. That is why it is important that the cabinets can ventilate well. If possible, on extremely hot days you could humidify the roof around the cabinets several times a day with a garden hose or watering can so that the temperature of the roof covering goes down.
Make sure that water can be found within a few meters of the cupboard for the bees. Especially in the spring they need water to dilute the honey (and sugar) to feed the larvae. Bees can also reduce the temperature of the hive with the evaporation of water.
The Optigrün rooftopvegetablegardensubstrate is spread over the entire roof. Depending on the maximum load of the roof in some places considerably thicker (30 to 40 centimeters) than for example in the weakest places (10 to 20 centimeters).
Characteristic of this substrate is high waterbuffering with good waterpermeability. The amount of nutrients used is adapted to the needs of the cultivated crops. Thanks to this experience, the substrate has been optimized and made suitable for vegetablegardens on rooftops.
The Optigrün naturalroofsystem was chosen on the DakAkker with the rooftopvegetablegardensubstrate as top layer. The rooftopsystem is made up of different layers: a protective absorption layer (not rootresistant), a drainage buffer layer, a filter layer with the rooftopvegetablegardensubstrate on top.
Organic seed and – plantingmaterial is used at the Dakakker rooftopfarm. No fertilizer is used and no spraying with poison a 6-year alternating cropschedule is used.
Wouter Bauman, nature and spactial planning consultant at the Rotterdam Environmental Center and also beekeeper affiliated with the Ambrosius Beekeepers Guild, is responsible for the management of the DakAkker, together with a large group of enthusiastic volunteers.
The conditions on the DakAkker are comparable to a Mediterranean climate: dry rocky soil, a lot of wind sometimes quite warm.
That is why herbs such as mint, lemon verbena and lavender are grown on the DakAkker, as well as vegetables such as Jerusalem artichoke, beetroot, carrot, radish and garlic varieties such as onion, leek, garlic and strong plants such as raspberry, rhubarb and pumpkin. The edibleflowers of the roof are the top product and are delivered to six restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the rooftopfarm.
In the wormhotels on the rooftopfarm, compost worms make wormcompost that is used on the roof but is also sold as “RotterdamWatershit” (an excellent liquid compost for your plants!). De ‘wormtea’ is for sale online on Ecomondo, Stadstuinwinkel Stek and Dille & Kamille in Rotterdam.
The children are welcome at the DakAkker on the seventh floor of The Schieblock. Schiekade 189 3013 BR Rotterdam. There is a lift to the sixth and a staircase to the seventh floor.
Pupils from primary schools in groups 5 to 8
Maximum 30 children
At least two supervisors from the visiting school (more is also allowed!). Three supervisors from the environmental center.
Length of visit:
Two hours in the morning from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
September, October, November, March to June
(Top secret!) The children will make seedbombs with nativeseeds (from the rooftop) in the “secret rooftoplab”. They will take the seed bombs back to school and they can “thrown” them around the school. The childrenare asked to take a picture of the emerging plants. In this way the children participate in spreading native plants in Rotterdam and the children learn more about “biodiversity”.
Green – and blueroofs are good for the city. At the watertable, children can let it rain in a “stupid city” and a “smart city”.
The “stupid city” it is full of houses with “black roofs” and in the “smart city” it looks much greener because the roofs are greener. There is even a smartroof with a “drossel”. In this way children learn more about “water and the city” and green – and blueroofs.
Scavenger hunt on the rooftop
The children discover the rooftopfarm with a rooftopmap . They are introduced to everything that grows on the rooftopfarm, the bees, the wormshotels. In this way the children learn more about urbanagriculture, healthy food and biodiversity.
Making a beehotel
Of course our beekeeper also tells about the bees on the roof. In this way children learn more about how important bees (and other pollinators) are for all of us. To help the bees and other pollinators, the children make a beehotel together to take it to their school.
The children also get to work on the DakAkker as real rooftopfarmers, they will weed, sow, and give water. This is how the children learn about rooftopfarming.
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