Foodmaker Farm is owned by the Belgian lunch chain Foodmaker, a company that since 2004 has been providing ultra-fresh and delicious meals with ingredients that come from their own organic fields as much as possible.
They provide their fresh meals to European retailers and they have many lunch restaurants under their brand name in Belgium, The Netherlands and France.
The farm is operated by Mark van Hove, who has been working as a passionate organic gardener for many years. Mark grows a large variety of crops, particularly herbs, fruits, grapes and sweet potatoes, recently also turmeric and ginger as the first operation in Belgium. He gives a lot of space for nature and biodiversity, both along the fields (hedges, wide flower strips, ponds and canals) and on the fields themselves.
In the culinary world edible flowers are gaining more and more popularity. However, many chefs and cooking enthusiasts prefer flowers that have not been in contact with chemical pesticides or fertilisers derived from animal husbandry. So they look out for produce from organic and purely plant-based cultivation just like those they can find on Mark van Hove’s garden farm.
Biocyclic vegan certification
In October 2021 Foodmaker Farm became certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and thereby is the first organic operation in Flanders to bear the Biocyclic Vegan Quality Seal.
“With the certificate in hand, I can visibly propagate that growing without animal manure is fine and that our products are grown sustainably and safely.” says Mark van Hove.
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Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture Arrives in Belgium