The Herenboeren Netherlands Foundation stands for producing sustainable food, together. Each “Herenboerderij” (farm) consists of a group of approximately 200 households that invest in their own farm. They lease about 20 hectares of land and employ a farmer who produces the food that the members want to eat. In this way Herenboeren gives its members access to fair, traceable, safe and sustainably produced food. However, Herenboeren De Groote Heide in Cranendonck discovered through measurements in their crops that their plot contains a slightly elevated level of cadmium. As a result of this analysis, Herenboeren Netherlands and quality manager Marjon Wijdeven contacted Gino Smeulders from SoilMania, who came to place soil sensors and give advice on how to reduce the absorption of cadmium by the crops.
“As the owner of Vital Food Management, I help starting, innovative organizations that want to produce food in a sustainable and healthy way. In short, companies that are engaged in regenerative agriculture and food production. Based on this expertise, I am hired by Herenboeren to guarantee the quality of the crops, among other things," explains Marjon briefly. Marjon works together with knowledge partners, including SoilMania, to achieve the best possible result for its customers. “Although the increased amounts of metals were just above the permitted standard, it was still desirable to be able to control this better. SoilMania's soil sensors are an effective and reliable tool for this.”