Organic farming demands attention to detail at every step, so new investment is often needed.
“When I started growing potatoes with my spouse in 1992, it was the project of a lifetime. We wanted to farm in our own way, true to our values: good products, sustainable agriculture, a passion for what we do, generosity… and for all that to come through in our work. In short, we wanted a bit of our family on Belgian tables.
We grew gradually, starting to include cleaning and packaging for supermarkets in 2000. Organic farming demands attention to detail at every step, so new investment is often needed. In 2015, we approached BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, through our Relationship Manager at BNP Paribas Fortis, to help us take our family business to the next level. With their support, we’ve been able to set up new premises with a laboratory, the very latest machines, packing and storage facilities, and our own distribution centre. This big step has allowed us to increase production and make a sustainable investment in our farm’s future, without financial risk.
Making a living from a family organic farm was a real challenge. But from now on, we can control the entire chain and the quality of our products, from planting to distribution. Our son Ruben joined us in 2013, and we’re continuing to improve our production system together, ensuring that our know-how is passed on. Small producers from around the world have taken an interest in our model, and we’re happy that our modest family venture is influencing sustainable agriculture elsewhere.”
Manager, De Aardappelhoeve
Agriculture – Tielt (Belgium)