Nienke’s research was specifically directed at growing food in the fifth season; the office environment, where it is never cloudy and the temperature is a constant 19˚C, where there are no frosts or seasonal differences to cope with, but with holidays and weekends instead. She submitted her Desktoop to the close scrutiny of the agriculture, food and green spaces course at the HAS Hogeschool. And what did they find? The modified desk drawer produced practically the same results as an expensive professional propagator. The crops that did best in the Desktoop – and which are incidentally also the most acceptable as part of the Dutch office lunch – are various sorts of salads, herbs and cresses, such as watercress. Growing them requires scarcely any effort, and what is required can be done in passing – instead of doodling during a telephone conversation perhaps. The crop is freshly harvested just before lunch, and the latest recipes are the hot topic round the water cooler.