Ekoboerderij de Lingehof is an organic certified arable farm of 96 hectares in Randwijk in a region called De Betuwe. We grow 12 crops (onions, potatoes, carrots, red beets, several grains, lupin, quinoa, peas, celeriac, red cabbage, pumpkins) on land located mostly close to the farm. The farm was founded on a derelict dairy farm and developed to the current situation since 2003 by farmer André Jurrius who lives here with his family. It was converted to organic arable production from the start.
André Jurrius has a background in arable farming in Canada amongst other places and has built the farm and its crop portfolio from scratch. The current farm has an innovative crop diversification with for example growing organic quinoa and organic lupine and soy for human consumption. Close collaboration with the next door organic dairy farm gives opportunities for exchange in manure, straw and gras clover. Mechanisation is adapted to the variety of crops, where possible with precision farming and GPS. Twan Hofs is our employee who works a lot with GPS in spring time. Delivery destinations vary from carrots that go to (baby food) industry to all the grains that go to the local windmill for supply to bakers in the region.
Giving space to initiatives is an important value for André. Already for ten years, a small scale horticulture farm is rotating inside the Lingehof and has its own place at the farm's premises. This farm - Tuinderij de Stroom - provides organic vegetable bags to approximately 300 clients in the region and has a shop on the farm every Friday afternoon.
Since January 2017 Petra Derkzen stepped in as a second entrepreneur in Ekoboerderij de Lingehof. She has a complementary skill set to André and is apart from overall management, involved in organisation of the workforce and research projects on the farm. There is a long term good relationship to Wageningen University on various levels, amongst others, in potato breeding research and for student exchange. The farm is involved in conversion of nearby farms to organic farming.