Ekoboerderij de Lingehof is a biodynamic and organic certified arable farm of 96 hectares in Randwijk in a region called De Betuwe. We grow 11 crops (onions, potatoes, carrots, red beets, several grains, lupin, quinoa, peas, 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 2005 by farmer André Jurrius who lives here with his family. It was converted to organic arable production from the start and is since 2018 Demeter certified too.
André Jurrius has a background in arable farming in Canada amongst other places and has built the farm and its crop portfolio from scratch (see this English subtitled documentary in which André is one of the 3 portraits). The current farm has an innovative crop diversification with for example new crops such as quinoa, 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 for each crop, from carrots 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 since the start, 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.
De Lingehof and Tuinderij de Stroom jointly organise an 'adopt your own apple tree' project, with 400 trees which can be adopted by consumers and which gives consumers the right to harvest their tree. We organise activities and picking days. See the Hoogstamfruit Hemmen website.
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 good long term relationship to Wageningen University on various levels, amongst others, in potato breeding research and for student exchange and excursions. The farm is involved in conversion of nearby farms to organic farming. De Lingehof is a case study in the EU horizon 2020 project Diverfarming. This project aims to find more crop diversification possibilities in terms of benefits for soil health and socio-economic health of farming.