‘It is Natura2000 area with nature and agricultural land, and the presence of quite a bit of woodland meant that ranking under the Natuur Schoon Wet (NSW) was no problem at all. The forest needs to become more diverse: it is now mainly willow and alder, but oak and even beech should also get a chance.’ Sander Wurfbain, the Houberg owner.
We promote diverse soil life by growing a variety of crops, including 10-20 species of grasses and herbs that have different growth curves and flowering times. This results in a diverse insect and bird population, and improves climate resilience by allowing for different and complementary types of root systems.
Our chicks spend 4-6 weeks under a heat lamp before moving outside to scratch, eat grasses, herbs, insects, and worms like in the wild. We don’t use drugs or antibiotics. The slower growth and outdoor lifestyle result in meat with higher nutritional value.