March 2023, we launched a crowdfunding campaign for the start-up of this regenerative horticulture. This market garden will enrich nature by combining climate-positive vegetable and fruit growing with principles from agroecology, permaculture and food forestry. With the premise of facilitating more fertility, more biodiversity and more interrelationships every year. And most importantly, giving people a key role in supporting the ecosystem. Read on below for more details and join the project with a donation, because with your help we can make this oasis of life and fertility a reality!

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What are we going to invest the money in?

Regenerative Horticulture

In 2023, Yūgen Forest will facilitate and co-fund regenerative horticulture – a project of future farmer Rick van der Haar. This project grew out of the vegetable garden that for years brought a large group of volunteers to the estate twice a week. One of Rick’s tasks is to re-establish social cohesion so that more people can eat, learn and enjoy the (vegetable) gardens and these can be meeting places and educational experience spots.

What is regenerative agriculture?

Regenerative agriculture goes one step further than sustainable agriculture. Whereas sustainable (e.g., organic) agriculture focuses primarily on reducing negative impacts, regenerative agriculture focuses on positive impacts. Facilitate more fertility, more biodiversity and more interrelationships every season. This method of landscape management is contrary to conventional agriculture, which is based on soil depletion, monocultures and requires high chemical inputs. Regenerative agriculture enriches the soil, enjoys a gigantic diversity of vegetables, flowers, herbs, shrubs, trees and creatures that live with it. In addition, there is no reliance on fossil fuels, agricultural poisons and synthetic fertilizers.

Mission & vision

Our mission is to flourish together, with humans as the key species. Flourishing together is done by strengthening the relationship between people and their environment. We care for the landscape and all its inhabitants. We want to show that the presence of people in a landscape can ravish healthy, fertile soil and a strong and diverse food web within the ecosystem. We also want to grow top quality food for our guests, volunteers, staff and other residents of the ecosystem to enjoy!

The intention, once the garden can bear it, is to market harvest to local restaurants and also provide vegetable packages to local residents.

Below you can see the design we created together with Weruschca Kirkegaard of United Designers (regenerative designers). In it you can see what components make up the garden. Vegetable beds, enriched with a variety of flowers and herbs, are interspersed with key beds. This will feature mainly perennial plants and certain structures that enhance the ecosystem within the garden. The nutrient cycle is circular thanks to the chicken compost garden. There is also a food forest nursery, an insect and bird patio, a plaza and much more.