Would you like to visit Bodemzicht? Unfortunately, it is not possible to drop by unexpectedly, because we need our time to farm. If you would like to have a look around at the farm, reserve a place at one of our farm tours. If you want to learn more about regenerative agriculture or get personal advice, have a look at the Bodemzicht learning place programme. Hopefully we will see you there!
Climate farmers for life
We are climate farmers for life.
We grow healthy food and abundant landscapes.
We farm climate positive and increase biodiversity.
We are passionate about integrating nature, agriculture and communities.
We invite you to our demonstration farm and learning place.
We invite you to regenerate!
Unfortunately we are fully bookedl! There are only places left for the waiting list. During the whole season you can also buy our vegetables at transition shop ’t Grootstalletje (opposite Grootstalselaan 88, Nijmegen).
Would you like healthy, regenerative vegetables, herbs and climate eggs delivered to your door every Friday afternoon? Do you want to contribute to biodiversity, a healthy climate and eat like a chef? We work together with top restaurants such as De Nieuwe Winkel, Vesters, De Vereeniging and De Meesterproef. And from May we also deliver boxes to your home in Nijmegen!
We offer large and small Bodemzicht boxes with or without fresh climate eggs. You can choose a season subscription, flexible subscription or ambassador subscription.
Click for our box offers on the PDF below:
You can order climate eggs with us and collect them at transition shop 't Grootstalletje (opposite Grootstalselaan 88, Nijmegen).
We sell regenerative eggs from Vredelinger chickens that eat fresh grass and insects all year round. By grazing holistically with chicken mobiles, we build living soil and actively sequester CO2. And all this right next to Nijmegen. You can taste all that goodness in our eggs!
Would you like to order eggs ? Please transfer no later than Wednesday 12 PM:
- 2.95 euro indicating “6 climate eggs” or
- 4.95 euro indicating “10 climate eggs”
- 9.75 euro indicating “20 climate eggs”
- 14.50 euro indicating “30 climate eggs”
at NL72 TRIO 0788 8288 35 in the name of "Bodemzicht".
You can then collect your eggs at 't Grootstalletje on Thursday or Friday from 10 AM till 6 PM and on Saturday from 10 AM till 3 PM.
“Ultimately the only wealth that can sustain any community, economy or nation is derived from the photosynthetic process - green plants growing on regenerating soil.”
In 2020 we started 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 works on changing the perspective in Dutch agriculture: from boundless, degrading monocultures to grounded, resilient farm enterprises. We think this involves no less than a culture shift, in which we can learn a lot form indigenous cultures. 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 that revolves around communities.
Where sustainability is often about reducing a negative impact, regeneration is about making a positive impact. We farm for ecological and social and economic profit. For example, we do not hoe in the vegetable garden and we do not use pesticides, which leads to more soil life, more pleasant work in the garden, tasty vegetables and higher production per m2. We market our products directly and collaborate with lots of other regenerative initiatives to build a close-knit community around the farm. The chickens mobiles are constantly moved and do not "get back to start" until the vegetation looks better than it looked before. In this way we can build top soil, capture CO2, increase water retention and fruit production and the chickens can eat fresh grass and insects every day. Where it minimises waste, increases value and strengthens our understanding and collaboration with plants, animals, things and microbes, we use both low and high tech.
Bodemzicht wants to provide a realistic regenerative alternative to current agriculture ánd create a long term future for farmers in the Netherlands and Europe.
Towards a truly sustainable agriculture!
Visit Bodemzicht in 1.5 hours and learn more about no-dig market gardening, holistic grazing and the latest developments at the farm. There is also lots of room for questions. Note: some of the tours are fully booked!
The farm tours are given at 11 am on May 16 (full), May 30 (full), June 13 (full), June 27 (full), July 11 (full), July 25 (full), August 8 (full), August 22 (full) and September 5 in 2021 (full). Tours are in Dutch, but there is a special English tour on July 25.
Costs are 10 euros per person including coffee and tea. People under 18 are free of charge. Book in advance via email@example.com.
“Earthworms will dance”
“All flourishing is mutual.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Bodemzicht learning place concerns itself with the question “how do we build a regenerative society?” Farmers, citizens, policy makers, organisations, artists and students are invited to think and work together on this question. There is a special programme for starting regenerative farmers: from people with a general interest in regenerative agriculture to starting professionals. The learning place also hosts the ‘regenerative insights’ series that cover fundamental ecological insights: from the holistic management at Bodemzicht to new or other world views befitting the Anthropocene. In all cases, theory and practice meet. We need radical interdisciplinarity, courage and diversity to work towards a regenerative society. Are you building with us?
Is regenerative farming for me? (2 days, 350 euro no vat)
How to start a regenerative farm? (10 days, 1450 euro no vat)
Regenerative apprenticeship (8 months)
No-dig market garden course (2 days, 350 euro no vat)
Holistic grazing course (2 days, 350 euro no vat)
How to build a regenerative organisation (1 dag, 650 euro no vat)
Personal advise (3 hours, 300 euro no vat)
Regenerative insights (interdisciplinary lecture series)
For the descriptions and the application information of the courses see the pdf below. Notice: due to covid, data might still change.
Bodemzicht learning place is part of the non-profit Bodemzicht foundation. The goal of the foundation is to, practically and ideally, build a regenerative society and to facilitate the transition towards a regenarative agri(culture). Bodemzicht foundation is in process of becoming an ANBI (public benefit organisation).
“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.
Bodemzicht learning place, the residency and the development of prototypes - from a regenerative working station to a holistic grazing plan - are covered by the non-profit Bodemzicht foundation.
Bodemzicht foundation is there to builld, practically and ideally, a regenerative society and to facilitate a transition towards regenerative (agri)culture.
The foundation works on this goal:
By making Bodemzicht a leading demonstration farm, where the practice, challenges and benefits of regenerative agriculture are shown to a wide audience. Bodemzicht wants to be a flywheel for regenerative agriculture in the Netherlands and Europe.
By training regenerative farmers in a specially tailored Bodemzicht learning programme and by supporting, where possible, staring regenerative farmers.
By organising meetings, events, lectures with students, farmers, citizens, scientists, policymakers, artists and other professionals in which a regenerative society is practically and ideally built.
By organising residencies that reflect on and tell stories about regenerative agriculture and / or society at Bodemzicht.
The board of the foundation consists of:
Erik de Jong, emeritus professor of culture, landscape and nature at the UvA, strives for a holistic natureculture and the interweaving of biodiversity, nature, garden, park, landscape, art, culture and science in the Anthropocene.
Bonnie Chopard works with InLandschap as a Bio Insipired Innovation architect working with biobased materials, circular and nature-inclusive projects. In landscape architecture and public space, species diversity, climate adaptation and soil life are the pillars for a regenerative living environment.
With Native Circles, Mark Aink helps companies, brands and people reconnect with nature and their nature, so that they become a driving force for positive change. In 2020 he also started Decade of Action to help accelerate the transition to an 'ecology economy'.
Bodemzicht foundation is currently working on an ANBI-status.
Ricardo Cano Mateo
Ricardo Cano Mateo (1985) is a Spanish biologist and the co-founder and farmer of Bodemzicht. Bodemzicht started for Ricardo with a shifting perspective on nature conservation. "Everyone was focusing on human-exclusive nature conservation, while I observed in Costa Rica how much human-inclusive agroforestry contributed to the rain forest. Years of intensive studies into nature-inclusive agriculture followed. Later I experienced the positive impact of regenerative agriculture on landscapes and communities during my work at Ecosystem Restoration Camps in Spain and Ridgedale Permaculture Farm in Sweden."
Anne van Leeuwen
Anne van Leeuwen (1987) studied art history, cultural analysis and biology. She coordinates the Bodemzicht learning place. The idea for Bodemzicht emerged from her search to bring natural and cultural worlds together. "During my studies I struggled with the division between nature and culture. Working at ARTIS I discovered that storytelling is at heart of transformation. With a growing sense of urgency, I decided it was time to start a fundamental and earth-bound ecological learning place."
Merel Gerritse was raised in the Randstad. Several years ago, she swapped her office job for a life as a gardener in Nijmegen. Producing healthy food for humans, animals and insects, and regenerating soils while building communities around a farm gives Merel lots of energy. Next to her job as a climate farmer at Bodemzicht, Merel also organises impactful nature experiences and courses for children and adults with her company Kruisbestuivers.
Jesse Opdam is a farmer’s son born on the clay soils of the Flevopolder and raised on the sandy soils of Brabant. Soil, as the basis of our existence, has always intrigued him. Jesse also loves good food and cooking. His devotion to land and food has led him from the tropical island Saba, to the semi-arid Altiplano of Spain and the remote Highlands of Scotland. Now he is putting his experience into practice at Bodemzicht.
Jordi Benning is the first generation in his family not raised at a farm. Yet over the years he started to feel the urgency to farm and get back to the land. But how can you farm in a fundamentally sustainable way and with an eye for the future? That is how he ended up at Bodemzicht and regenerative agriculture. At Bodemzicht, Jordi works as an apprentice farmer to learn the trade and as a courier delivering the Bodemzicht boxes.
Violaine Fourrier was born and raised in Nijmegen. Since her master's degree in anthropology and research at WWF, she has been fully engaged in increasing people's awareness of human-nature relationships, regenerative agriculture and soil (restoration). In this way Violaine aims to contribute to a better and more sustainable world for current and future generations. At Bodemzicht she works as an assistant for the Bodemzicht Foundation, where she is mainly concerned with the learning place.