The foundation: A farm for regenerating soil and producing healthy food
We consider a healthy agricultural practice to be one that leaves the soil intact and works with a growing interconnected and collaborating web of different roots, fungi and bacteria. We believe a soil with a rich plantation with different layers is vital on many different levels: for healthy food and fresh oxygen, for creating a biotop for many living organisms, for capturing carbon from the air (carbon sequestration) and for the key role that forests growing on that land play in a healthy water cycle.
To achieve this the vegetable garden of Landgoed Overvloed will be based around the principles of permaculture. Permaculture is a science that’s driven around the belief that it is possible to solve the world food problem and heal the ecology at the same time.
With Landgoed Overvloed we want to create a rich, lively and diverse landscape, where an abundance of interconnected microorganisms does the work in the soil to keep her healthy, so that no (chemical) fertilizers are needed to prevent diseases. To achieve this, we will work in addition to the permaculture garden, with a food forest and a grazing system called silvopasture, which is unique in the Netherlands. These three fields will be treated differently, but are all connected to each other.
A food forest is a fusion between nature and agriculture. The food forest of Landgoed Overvloed is intended to restore biodiversity and at the same time produce food for people who desire healthier, more surprising and more diverse food. In addition, we welcome nature lovers who want to spend time in it with a (trial) walk or an overnight stay in an off-grid cottage. In this Food Forest of Abundance you will find everything that grows in a natural forest. There is a focus on edible species, which are represented in all layers of nature: from trees, shrubs, herbs, root vegetables to ground covers, creepers and fungi, plus all the animals and insects that these plants attract. We also install hedges, wooden walls and puddles. All this gives the forest the rich, layered structure of a natural forest. With the nice side effect of the tasty products!
Silvopasture is a US grazing system in which the animals move in naturally occurring numbers over the land, feeding on healthy trees, shrubs and herbs and fertilizing the land naturally with their healthy droppings. This system is not yet applied in the Netherlands. Landgoed Overvloed will be unique in this. A silvopastore system is a mutually beneficial ecosystem: beneficial to the animals that can live in freedom and health, and beneficial to the land that benefits enormously from this natural fertilizer. The movements of the animals are regulated by a rotation system, in which they graze a different piece of land for a defined period, just like in nature. Due to the rotation, the animals do not need external food, but get a large variation in their diet, including medicinal plants, while grazing. With the animals we will make products such as eggs, meat, wool, milk and cheese.
Besides food production as the fundament for Landgoed Overvloed we will develop several activities / facilities: a restaurant, a shop, a school, a healing spa and events.
Landgoed Overvloed creates a biotope where all of nature, including human beings, find space again to heal and grow naturally. With healthy
soil and biodiversity underneath our feet and the abundance that grows from there and surrounds us, Landgoed Overvloed is the perfect place
for humans to align again with their nature and find wisdom and relaxation. When we align with the natural patterns of life, healing happens
“by itself.” We see this in nature, for example when healing plants spring up where earth is broken in mines and quarries, or when wounds
heal in our own bodies by giving attention and finding relaxation.
To give this natural healing an extra impuls, we offer a variety of singular or longer term healing practices in the form of sessions in for example yoga and energy healing and retreats. Both retreats and single experiences are organised by ourselves or by third parties operating from
the same views on sustainable living and the back to nature principle.
With Landgoed Overvloed we would like to redefine how we as humans connect to our natural resources, to ourselves and to each other through an holistic approach. We want to reinstall the self healing capacities of the natural world. By fixing the soil with regenerative agriculture ánd giving both tourists and the local community a chance to experience what this means and to feel a sense of community. We hope we can be part of the solution that is needed to solve the global climate crisis and health crisis, leaving a better world for our children and their
Landgoed Overvloed will have a playful but at the same time professional atmosphere: arty and creative with a natural, organic feel, and simultaneously tidy and organized. The focus is on warm and loving hospitality, not strict and pedantic, but fun and adventurous. Not too floaty, but earthly. The result will be that when you walk around the land, you will experience one wonder after the other.