Organic vegetables are given the time to grow. And to grow under good circumstances. This makes them delicious and pure. What do you need for this?
Nutrient rich, healthy soil
The foundation of healthy food is healthy soil. This is why we do not use chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides, but enrich the soil with organic compost. This makes the soil even more fertile and feeds the plants with the best minerals and natural nutrients. On top of this, the soil creates a good environment for natural pest control. To keep the soil healthy, we rotate our crops.
Organically grown means stronger plants
We get the plants when they are about 55 days old. They are propagated by an organic nursery where they are planted onto wild rootstock. This gives them stronger roots and makes them less susceptible to disease. They are planted in the ground in January and are left to grow for two months, after which we harvest the first tasty cucumbers. The tomatoes take a month longer. We harvest the last vegetables in November and then leave the ground to rest.
Natural pest control and pollination
Predator mites and insects and parasitic wasps ensure that the vegetables remain free of pests. They rid plants of spider mites, white flies, caterpillars and aphids naturally. We do not use any toxic pesticides. Bumble bees pollinate the flowers. To encourage biodiversity, we plant trees, green areas and sow wild flowers. There is plenty of life both inside the greenhouse and outside.
Reusing water, air and energy
The plants mostly get natural sky water. We collect water in a large tank when it rains. Rain is one of the Netherlands’ strong points and our vegetables benefit from it! The CO2 that is released during the heating of the greenhouse is led back into the greenhouse. The plants reuse it, thus limiting CO2 emissions. Apart from reusing heat, a cogeneration system allows us to reuse electricity that is released by power generation in the national grid.
Contact with our employees and the village
We want our employees to stay with us. We can only do this if we have a good relationship with each other. We build a loyal team that shares our joy in growing vegetables. It goes without saying that we comply with all Dutch and European labour regulations and human rights. Everyone is paid in accordance with the CAO (labour agreement). Our relationship with the people in the village of Sirjansland is also important. We invest in the area and anyone is welcome to visit the greenhouse anytime.
Have you ever eaten a really tasty tomato? If you have, you will never want to eat anything else. This is why we only grow organic vegetables. It is a conscious decision that we make every day again.