Working with Nature
A 1-hour guided walk through “De Nieuwe Hof”, our 4 hectare organic Food Forest. Enjoy the colours, tastes and smells of this beautiful landscape and learn about natural farming. Finish up with some tasty soup, freshly made from our own produce.
Every Sunday at 12:30 (May-October). Costs 5 euros p / p including a sample of soup. You do not need to register in advance. The tour starts in the parking lot at the castle.
A guided tour for a specific group (up to 15 people) is also possible on request and costs 75 eur per hour.
What is a Food Forest?
A food forest is a carefully designed ecosystem of beneficial plants (and sometimes animals). Instead of neat rows of one type of plant (monoculture), food forests mix a diverse range of food-producing (and other) plants that nourish each other, use different nutrients from the soil and make the most of the available space. This mimics the structure of a natural forest - the most stable and sustainable type of ecosystem in our climate. Importantly, the soil is almost always covered - resulting in a rich underground biodiversity and a healthy soil rich in carbon, minerals and other nutrients.
There are many advantages to this type of land use:
- Low maintenance and high efficiency
- Resilience to extreme weather
- Biologically sustainable
- Wide range of products
- High nutritional value
- Working with the land instead of against it
- Environmentally friendly
- Aesthetically beautiful
- Commercial potential
Food forests come in many different shapes, sizes and styles. They can range from a small household garden to very large commercial projects (also known as agro-forestry). Our project is medium sized (about 4 hectares). Converted from a corn field 10 years ago, it is now mature and productive. The organically certified products are sold to subscribers and other customers. The site is also used as a demonstration site for courses and tours.