Netherlands: Ary de Jong from Demokwekerij to HortiTech

Ary de Jong has more than 10 years of experience as a crop manager for various crops at Demokwekerij. Before, he was a tomato grower. He will be joining HortiTech as a trainer and mentor on January 1, 2020.

HortiTech is the startup set up by Peet van Adrichem and his sons Perry and Pim, which trains international talents to become skilled employees for horticultural projects. HortiTech is located in the World Horti Center in Naaldwijk and cooperates with educational institutions, knowledge organizations and horticultural suppliers, so that the latest developments and latest insights are continuously incorporated into their training and education programs.

In addition to training for one to three months, HortiTech offers a unique process for training growers or greenhouse managers: MoniMenTal. The professionalism of the Dutch grower is leading. Experienced growers are linked to young, recently graduated growers and local horticultural talents. After intensive training in the Netherlands, the graduate works on location with the local talent for a period of approximately nine months. They jointly manage the production company. They are supported from the Netherlands by an experienced grower (the Mentor). Information from the greenhouse processes is shared daily and discussed together via an online monitoring system. After the nine-month period, the young Dutch grower leaves, but the local talent remains under the care of the appointed mentor for an additional period of approximately two years. The process is completed when the talent is able to work independently. With MoniMenTal, owners of horticultural projects can assure themselves of the operational success of the nursery. In addition, MoniMenTal offers experienced growers the opportunity to cash in on their knowledge and to train the next generation of growers.

For more information:
Europa 1, 2672
ZX Naaldwijk
The Netherlands

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