Climate farmers for life
We are climate farmers for life.
We grow healthy food and diverse landscapes.
We farm climate positive and increase biodiversity.
We are passionate about integrating nature, agriculture and communities.
We invite you to our demonstration farm.
We invite you to regenerate.
Welcome to Bodemzicht!
In 2020 we start our regenerative demonstration farm Bodemzicht ('Soil perspective'), at landgoed Grootstal, right next to Nijmegen. Regenerative agriculture grows top soil, sequesters CO2, increases biodiversity and makes profit. Bodemzicht will profoundly change the perspective in Dutch agriculture: from boundless, degrading monocultures to grounded, resilient farm enterprises. Our farm starts from 21st century challenges as climate change, biodiversity loss and the farmers' crisis and translates these into carbon positive, biodiverse and profitable agriculture.
Bodemzicht will deliver vegetables, fruits and eggs directly to a regional market. The soil is disturbed as little as possible and no artificial fertilisers and pesticides are used. The farm works with existing natural processes and with a circular logic. For example prunings will provide carbon for compost, chicken will eat and fertilise compost and compost is again food for vegetables and trees. Mobile chicken caravans in the orchards activate the soil and work as intensive carbon pumps that store CO2. Bodemzicht has its own water system that can deal with droughts and floods. The latest green technology is integrated throughout the company for energy, data and operations.
Bodemzicht wants to provide a realistic circular alternative to current agriculture ánd create a long term future for farmers in the Netherlands.
Towards a truly sustainable agriculture!
“Earthworms will dance”
“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.”
Besides a production farm Bodemzicht is also a learning place. For people interested in regenerative agriculture there will be courses about permaculture and holistic management, but also about how to write a regenerative business plan or start a no dig market garden. Additionally there are programmes about ecology in the Anthropocene, dealing with climate change, sustainable worldviews and the value of nature. At the learning place scientists, artists, policy makers and entrepeneurs work together on the transition.
The learning place starts in 2021.
“Nature is no longer outside us, but beneath our feet, and it shakes us.”
Bodemzicht works on a regenerative residency in which thinkers and doers - artists, scientists, designers, farmers, chefs – research regenerative agriculture at landgoed Grootstal. The residents offer diverse quantitative and qualitative insights - from carbon data to poems and menus - in relation to the development of Bodemzicht and Grootstal as a transition place. Feedback from residents improve the farm continuously. More information will follow.
“The landscape of any farm is the owner's portrait of himself.”