Tuinderij het Lichtveen

Good food is key!


We are now more conscious than ever about our human impact on the planet, yet trying to do something about it in our daily lives can be overwhelming. We believe that good food lies at the heart of the solution! Good in terms of taste and freshness, of course, but also in terms of the way it is produced: sustainably, with the health of the local environment and communities in mind.

‘We’ being Pauline and Chris, two WUR graduates turned food producers. Now with 5 years of market gardening experience between us, we see this as the perfect way to combine our skills for growing great food with our passion for social and environmental justice. 

We want to make the step to becoming a sustainable consumer and citizen a simple one for you! Starting in May 2022, you will be able to find our fresh seasonal produce on the Wageningen market as well as in local shops, restaurants and the meals of local caterers.


The tuinderij


Tuinderij het Lichtveen is a small-scale market garden in Bennekom, the Netherlands. It is run following the principles of agroecology and regenerative agriculture. This means focusing on building the health of the soil and wider farm ecosystem and providing food through short supply-chains to local consumers.

Tuinderij het Lichtveen is located on land rented from organic dairy farm Boerderij de Hooilanden. We aim to transform a plot of former pasture into a productive and sustainable no-dig market garden, producing a wide range of healthy and nutritious vegetables, herbs and fruits.


THE PEOPLE



PAULINE MARTEL


I came to Wageningen from France to study Organic Agriculture, and stayed to put this into practice! I am a food lover and take great pleasure in producing good food for people in an environmentally-friendly manner.

 

Through my studies I gained a passion for agroecology and short food supply chains, and have built upon this over the past 2 years working as a market gardener at De Ommuurde Tuin, an agroecological CSA in Renkum. I have also helped to develop and strengthen local food networks in roles at Voedsel Anders and StreekWaar, Wageningen’s local producer association.

 

Having come into contact with many inspirational sustainable food producers, I decided it was time to take the leap and set up a market garden of my own!


chris chancellor


I'm a British-Indonesian, WUR graduate, and passionate about all things food: where it comes from, how it tastes & how it can support livelihoods & local economies.

 

My previous academic focus on land & human rights, poverty & inequality kept leading me back to the same place: our broken industrial food system. Being a food producer gives me the opportunity to contribute to building a truly just & sustainable alternative, quite literally, from the ground up. So that's what I decided to do!

 

In 2019 I set up Pluktuin Sayuran, an agroecological self-harvest market garden on the Wageningse Eng. After 3 years of running this part-time, I decided it was the time to use the skills and experience gained and take it to the next step, and so here we are!