We are a Proud Regenerative Farm
It was in 2014 that Filipe and I decided to drastically change our life around.
We had both been cooking professionally for about ten years at that point and we ran our own restaurant in the Netherlands. We loved it, but something was missing. That something was the outdoors. Both of us has spend our childhood mostly outdoors.
As chefs we felt a disconnect between ourselves and the ingredients we cooked with. Everything always just arrived at our doorstep, the origins, nutritional value, or growing methods mostly unknown.
So when the opportunity presented itself we decided to embark on our dream of opening our own ‘Farm to Table’. And our goal became growing all the ingredients we cooked with ourselves. A journey that has proven exhilarating, exhausting and immensely rewarding all at the same time.
We definitely underestimated the farming business. It is a profession of its own, and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We knew we wanted poison free, ethically grown produce. So we starting out simply organic. But after our first inspection we soon realised that the label organic just didn’t cut it! Still so many practices we did not agree with were allowed… Plus the costs of the certification and lack of good inspection were a real disappointment.
After much autodidactic efforts, help from family and friends we started adopting biodynamic and permaculture principles. Labour intensive farming, good principles but still we missed the efficiency we craved for. The real turning point came when we were introduced to regenerative agriculture. It was a real ‘ah-ha’ moment where a truly holistic model presented itself”.
Regenerative agriculture offers so many solutions to the problems we face in society today. Economy, ecology and society have to be in balance, and only that way can we secure a healthy, productive and economically viable future for our children. Something we both want for our own children, born here at the farm. We both took the Ridgedale Regenerative Masterclass and since then everything just clicked. We are both so grateful for these past years and have learned so much.
The farm started out as our baby but really has become our teacher!