Most of my organic blueberry fields are located in protected natural area. “De Peel” and in the past this region was used to cut and collect peat. Some 25 acres of my grounds are covered with forest and pools. When I pass through this area, I often see deer and other wildlife. Furthermore, there is an abundance of birds and small animals on our land. Together with several environmental organizations, I maintain these bits of nature and develop them further. Their presence is good for my blueberry orchards: the biodiversity helps me to control pests and diseases.
I started growing blueberries in this area around 1994. These blueberries are a relative of wild blueberries or bilberries, and are thought to be very healthy. In 1997 I acquired a large piece of new land, that I converted to organic in 1999. The soil in this area is perfect for blueberries, so I have to use very few inputs and still get a good and constant quality. It’s all about choosing the right crop with the right type of soil!
What I really like about organic agriculture, is working together with nature. I love the challenge of unravelling the whole system and managing it in such a way that I get a good harvest every year.