Harvesting together

15 augustus 2019

.

Do you know of a place where you're surrounded by nature? A place where birds are singing, rabbits run across the tracks, where the grass tickles underneath your feet and you discover different plants wherever you look. Let us take you to such a place. Over the coming years, the existing greenery and planting at Ons Buiten will be more and more transformed to edible planting. Perhaps you already tasted some of the raspberries or daylily flowers in our garden? This garden forms the base for our foraging forest, which will be further expanded with lots of edible berries, nuts and leaves.

Harvests 

In a foraging forest, production increases through natural processes. After all, it is the forest environment that ensures that plants can absorb nutrients and minerals, creating healthy and nutrient-rich food that can be grown in a clean and sustainable way. We now employ experts who can create a productive and edible ecosystem. Our colleagues Jorn and Joël know exactly how to do this and they are supported by landscape architect Jos Willemsen. Do you have a question? Then feel free to ask our team. One of the characteristics of a foraging forest is the use of perennial plants. After the planting has been done, harvesting becomes the main activity. And this is exactly what we want: enjoying the food that we harvest together.

Why a foraging forest?

First of all, a foraging forest means biodiversity. It enriches the soil and leads to a more natural resilience that nurtures the ecosystem. And apart from the fact that a foraging forest offers natural wealth, it’s also just great fun! You can use one of the special maps to start your treasure hunt for figs, jostaberries or thyme. Go out and forage some snacks or ingredients for a meal, or just pick and eat something while you walk around the park. At Ons Buiten, sweets are growing all around, isn't that amazing? You can find the new map on the back of the park plan.