Nature is the cradle of our crops

Fruit and vegetables are natural products which need natural elements if they are to grow at their best. As Responsibly Fresh growers, we husband these elements carefully and judiciously.

Soil

Good, fertile soil nurtures our fruit and vegetables. Because we take good care of it, we are rewarded with a bountiful harvest from a limited area. How do we do that?

Fertilization

Sometimes we have to give nature a helping hand via fertilization. We apply exactly what is needed to achieve a good result, with regard to both the type and the amount of fertilizer. How do we go about this?

Water

We are well aware that water is an essential but scarce natural resource. Fortunately, our crops can enjoy regular showers. In dry or warm periods, and in our greenhouses, however, we do have to sprinkle our crops. How do we tackle this?

Energy

Nature is capricious: the colder the winter, the more energy we need. Whereas our outdoor crops use hardly any energy, the same cannot be said of our glasshouse operations, which need energy to heat greenhouses. We take a whole range of initiatives to use energy economically and efficiently. Wich ones?

Air

On the one hand, our crops lock up CO2. On the other, we restrict various forms of emissions as far as possible. How?

As growers of natural products, we have found that when we make more frugal use of the natural elements, nature rewards us abundantly. Our yields are better and our costs are lower, which is better value for us. And our environment stays cleaner

Combined heat and power

 

Glasshouse cultivation has become a major electricity producer. The electricity that we don't use ourselves is fed into the grid. In 2010, we produced enough electricity to supply 410,000 households or 1 million people: that is one sixth of the population of Flanders!