Vegan Quality mark for Belgium greenhouse grower

In October 2021, the organic farm Bioboer Mark, managed by Mark Van Hove in Bekkevoort, was the first organic farm in Belgium to be awarded the international Biocyclic Vegan Quality Seal for his herb and vegetable cultivation. This Seal covers organic farmers in many countries such as Germany, Greece, France, Romania, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and recently Canada.

Although the movement in Belgium is currently small, Mark Van Hove has been working with plant-based fertilization for many years. Working purely plant-based seemed logical to him and the needs for his farm. The extraction of goods each season impoverishes the soil, therefore it is necessary to add nutrients. 

Using animal manure risks having remnants of harmful bacteria (E. Coli, etc.) on herbs during harvest. This is one reason why Mark worked with plant-based fertilizer. As a result, no pathogenic residues were found during checks and each time the soil was found to improve further. Increasing the humus content of the soil enhances CO2 binding capacity. This way, biocyclic vegan agriculture makes an effective contribution to climate protection.

The company now grows sweet potatoes, fresh herbs, and edible flowers in this way. Mark is particularly proud of the first successful cultivation of organic ginger and turmeric on Belgium soil, with harvest weights that exceed the wildest expectations. Choosing the right vegetable compost played a key role. The company started with organic certification and has now taken the next exciting step towards the Biocyclic Vegan label.

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