Welcome to Boxtel!
Today you will visit a small but very active town, in which the people are enabled to be in charge of their own, sustainable future. Below you will find more information on the two sights you are going to visit: Herenboeren and Greentech.
Herenboeren: cooperative sustainable food production
A shining example of our sustainable communal spirit is the community based farm “Herenboeren”. Established by a group of local citizens, the Herenboeren brings an answer to the concern of local citizens about the origins of their food. 200 households can become a shareholder of this farm, in order to provide for their own food. The Herenboeren Boxtel is a small-scale, mixed farm, where pure and reliable food is produced: vegetables, potatoes, fruits, eggs and meat. Over 60% of all day-to-day groceries can be provided by the farm! All food is produced with respect to the farmer, animals and environment.
There are many challenges to overcome, both socially and economically. In order to face these challenges a national foundation has been established, in which highly regarded research institutes, universities and governmental organizations co-operate. Recently the Herenboeren and the local, provincial and national government have agreed upon a “green deal”, in which it’s ensured that no regulations will restrict the innovations that are carried out on this farm.
Multiple international groups have visited this farm already and we can’t wait to inspire you!
Greentech Park Brabant: stop wasting!
Another world leading programme is Greentech. The goal of this programme is to develop and display a wide variety of bio based solutions in order to work towards a truly circular economy. Within the programme many projects take place such as the development of an educational pilot in which biomass products are used to generate sustainable energy, whilst the residual waste after production can still provide raw materials to be used for other processes such as the production of bioplastics. Another project is the development of a sustainable heating network for housing, using rest warmth of the sewage treatment facility combined with other options such as warmth from local water resources and thermal heat from a biomass plant. The provincial and municipal government are working together with a wide variety of entrepreneurs and educational institutes in order to turn this into a success. Because in Boxtel, we know, a sustainable future is built together.
Greentech also received international attention. We have welcomed groups from all around the world! From China to Denmark to Canada.