Fri, Sep 16|
Maartensdijk, Eyckenstein farm
Ecorestoration Work Day
Who is willing to put some words into action? Perfect, we need your help!
Time & Location
Sep 16, 2022, 9:15 AM – 5:00 PM
Maartensdijk, Eyckenstein farm, Eikensteeg 13, 3738 LD Maartensdijk, Niederlande
About the event
Walk in: 9.15 in front of the ‘landgoedwinkel’ at boerderij Eyckenstein
Working in the forest: 9.30 – 17.00 with a lunchbreak
Note: take the route through Maartensdijk, not Hollandsche Rading/Lage Vuursche
Navigation by public transport: Take the train to station “Hollandsche Rading” and catch a OV-bike there (10 minutes bike ride to the farm).
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At Eyckenstein farm, beautiful things are happening! The first bulls have entered a holistic grazing scheme where they have a fresh piece of meadow every day. Beautiful for both the soil, the health of the animals and the beginning of the restoration of the ecosystem. Not only the bulls are grazing their way into building topsoil, but the chickens are also contributing their part by grazing the meadows. A regenerative farm is not complete without a no-dig market garden, a place where veggies are grown, soil is built, and production meets demand.
Sounds just fine, where do you need help with? The drought stress of the last months had a severe effect on the landscape, also causing a fallback in growth and stress in the plants and trees surrounding the grasslands. For the animals this results in an increased toxicity in the leaves they graze from, this is especially the case for the American bird cherry (invasive species!). The first bulls are showing signs of cyanide intoxication... Therefore, we organize two days of removing these trees from the habitat of the bulls.
You would help us, the bulls, and the forest a lot with a good day of work in the forest. Farm lunch is served by us around midday. We invite you all to come over, with more helping hands we can hopefully prevent more animals getting sick. So, the bulls can continue to restore the soil, thereby increasing the water retaining capacity of the landscape and thereby boosting biodiversity.