I’ve been active in the agricultural sector for a long time, approaching and experiencing agriculture in many different ways. On my journey, I encounter many inspiring people and great examples of how agriculture and our food system can be changed for the better. It’s their stories and practices that I want to share with you, hoping that they may inspire and encourage you as well.
My first real independent experience with agriculture was as a student, researching subsistence farmers and cash crops in the isolated Himalayas; later I worked as a farm hand on a large sheep farm in Iceland; WWOOFed my way through Scotland; worked as development worker for SNV in the red-meat sector of Tanzania; as a shepherd, taking care of my flock of 250 sheep in the Netherlands; and as coordinator of Agroecology & Food Sovereignty for the OtherWise Foundation in Wageningen, The Netherlands. As an active member and part of the core organisational team of Toekomstboeren, I contributed to the overall development of the (still young) association and team; the design and organisation of main public events for our members; and development of new concepts and activities.
Currently, I am half-way through a two year practical course in bio-dynamic agriculture, focusing on livestock farming. In my current internship position, I focus on agricultural nature management. Additionally, I recently finished my documentary about community supported agriculture, called ‘Harvesting Happiness’.
Do you want to get in touch? I’d love to hear from you.
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