Dutch families join 'people's farm' to counter climate change

phys.org | 7/23/2019 | Staff
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Chickens roam the orchards, cows chew the cud and pigs roll in the mud on a warm day on a Dutch farm—but the pastoral scene is not as traditional as it seems.

The farm is owned and run by a cooperative of hundreds of local consumers and aims to change habits in a low-lying country engaged in an existential fight against climate change.

Families - Farm - Farmer - Animals - Meat

Some 200 families decide what the farm will produce—and they will eventually eat—and employ a farmer to tend to the animals for meat and eggs and grow the dozen kinds of fruits and vegetables.

"The main aim of the members is to eat natural products, produced near to where they live, in a more sustainable way," said Douwe Korting, co-leader of the Boxtel cooperative, in the southern Netherlands.

People - Change - Way - Eating

"People are really starting to see that a change towards a different way of eating is essential," he added.

It costs 2,000 euros ($2,200) to join the collective farm, which is 10 minutes by bicycle from the town, and then a weekly fee of around 10 euros per person.

Return - Members - Food - Importance

In return, members receive the food they want and stress the importance of knowing what they eat is local and seasonal.

With 15 cows, 20 pigs and 500 chickens, the farm covers about 20 hectares (more than 49 acres) and grows or produces what is collectively decided on by the members, who will ultimately take home their share.

Simple - Mobile - Home - Chicken - Hutch

A simple, green mobile home, set between the chicken hutch and the cows, serves as both kitchen and farm office.

Every Saturday, families come to the farm, often by bike, to fill their bags with produce or the harvest from the orchard, be it vine fruits, root vegetables, beef and chicken.

Food - Percent - People - Leaders

The fresh food now accounts for around 60 percent of 500 people's diet, say its leaders proudly.

Known as Herenboerderij, or People's...
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