Frecklinghof - Regenerative Agroforestry
The Frecklinghof from Chiel and Monique van Dijk, located in the Tecklenburg region in Germany encompasses 150 ha of grassland, farmland and forests. The farm’s vision is to practice a truly regenerative way of agriculture, where more energy (kcal) is harvested, than is needed for the production thereof. Currently there is a mixed herd of cattle, sheep and chicken, foraging and grazing on the properties of the farm. The animals live a good life with social structures and respect.
The farm already has access to some fruit and nut trees. Most produce is marketed directly to the consumers who value the way food is grown on the Frecklinghof. The next step for Chiel and Monique is to transform 90 ha of the farm into a regenerative agroforestry system for the production of a broad spectrum of food in a healthy ecosystem. Ranging from nuts, fruits, berries, perennial vegetables, (wild) herbs over to animal products such as beef, lamb and pork, poultry, eggs and dairy products as well as diverse arable crops.
The Forest Farmers are supporting the transformation process from the first idea until the trees are planted and growing. In winter 2019/20 the process of diversification will start within an existing orchard as an example plot. Throughout 2019 and 2020 the Masterplan for the future landscape and farming system will be developed together with the Frecklinghof. The goal here is to create a self-supporting agricultural ecosystem through the purposeful combination of the dynamics and close-loop cycles of forest ecosystems with agricultural production in combination with holistic grazing management. This will make the farm future and climate resilient, enabling agricultural production in a changing environment and under changing economic and market conditions. Once the agroforestry systems are established they shall serve as a source of inspiration and experiences for further farms.
The combination of mostly perennial plants and the integration of livestock in this ecological system leads to a multitude of positive interactions between the species. Overall, outside resource input decreases while energy and nutritional output increases. More information on this project will come throughout 2020. Currently, a financial kick-start is looked for, in order to get the process of transformation running, and establish the example plot in winter 2019/20. From 2020 onwards further financial means are required to realise this model project. Please contact us if you want to contribute.