I was born and raised on this beautiful farm here in Tollebeek and have lived here all my life. In 1977 at the age of nineteen, I started helping my father with the various farming activities on the 12 hectares of land we had at that time. In 1994 we expanded our farm with a further 12 hectares and continued to focus on potatoes, chicory roots and beets. In 2009, together with my son Jan we decided to switch to organic agriculture. For us it was a logical choice not only because of the growing market for organic products but also because our farm was too small to compete with the large conventional neighbour farms.
Working organically means taking care of the soil and that is why we work with a crop rotation system (1 on 6). We start with grass clover and then sow seed onions followed by the chicory rootstock. Consequently we sow parsnip, pumpkins, peas and finish off with potatoes. The rotation system ensures that the soil gets enough variety and rest which is extremely important. I am delighted that I am now an organic farmer .. it is not only much more fun but also very interesting to look at your farm in a completely different way.
The marketing of my products takes place via Nautilus Organic