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NL: Horticulture around Emmen offered new employment after decline in peat labor

Anyone driving just past Emmen will encounter a sizeable glasshouse horticultural area. Promotion Group Horticulture Emmen reminisces on how the greenhouse horticulture area came into being.

Horticulture in the north of the Netherlands came about at the initiative of the municipality of Emmen. In the 1950s, there was a decline in employment in the Emmen area due to the decline of peat labor. To create new jobs, the development of horticulture, among other things, was encouraged.

Growers from outside the region were encouraged to settle there. With the flyer in the photo below, the municipality of Emmen advertised horticulture in southeast Drenthe.

See more photos on the Facebook page of the Promotie Groep Tuinbouw Emmen.

The horticultural area in Erica and Klazienaveen was established in the years 1956 to 1968. About 100 young market gardeners from the west of the country established their vegetable and flower cultivation here. The market gardeners quickly formed a close, good working, and living community, knowing how to build a better future together, which is still going on to this day.

Source: Promotie Groep Tuinbouw Emmen

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