Demokwekerij Westland ‘Exceptionally Beautiful’

The 19th edition of Varend Corso Westland with the theme; ‘Beeldschoon’ (exceptionally beautiful)Beeldschoon goes through the waters of Westland and surroundings from the 5 th till the 7 th of august.Varend Corso has been an understanding for years in Westland and is a showcase for thepromotion of various local products.

Lentiz MBO Greenport and Demokwekerij Westland will sail together a boat. Coming months theywill work hard to make the jointly boat ‘beeldschoon’ (exceptionally beautiful). The subject of theLentiz/Demokwekerij boat is ‘Carnaval in Venice’
On Friday the fifth of august is the Rijnmond day (area in the Netherlands) on the 6 th of August is theWestland day and on the seventh Delfland day. Don’t forget to put the dates in your agenda andcome and have a look at the beautiful boats! See for more information about Varend Corso on:


‘Relation of Demokwekerij Westland’

Each month we have a rubric in our newsletter: ‘Relation of Demokwekerij Westland’. In the rubric we ask clients, relations, visitors and/or users of Demokwekerij Westland for their opinion and movements to work together with Demokwekerij Westland.

This month; Jan Hulst of Bayer Crop Science

Can you give a short description of the organisation you work for: Bayer is an innovative organisation worldwide with a history of more than 150 years and a core based on the area of innovative products for the health and agriculture industry. We develop new crop protection products (both chemical and biological) as well as new strains of crops for a sustainable integrated resistance to diseases and plagues.

What do you think about the role of Demokwekerij Westland concerning the newest developments in the Dutch horticulture sector? Demokwekerij has a strong position when it comes to bundling various innovations within the horticulture sector. Visitors get a good image of what the capabilities of the Dutch suppliers are in the Netherlands and outside.

Jan met Logo Bayer

How long does Bayer do research at Demokwekerij Westland, how long are they participants and what was the motivation for becoming a participant? Bayer does research at Demokwekerij since 2007, we use these researches for the admission test and as demonstration for instructors for growers, for example during the crop protection days. Since 2014 we are a participant, our movements for this was among other things the emission problems related to crop protection means. We also became participant with a stand to make the horticulture sector available for a wide audience. Think not only about the growers but also the interest organisations and politicians who are often at Demokwekerij.

How do you see the developments with the new Demokwekerij building? We see this as a positive development and a strong encouragement for the youth, our future, which directly comes in contact with the latest and newest developments in the horticulture sector.

Have you got a nice anecdote/ funny occurrence? If I think about something funny that happened at demokwekerij, then the first thing that comes to mind is the following: A group of Asian visitors take a picture of a sign that says you can’t take pictures the moment they came in. After that they try to take pictures of everything else and finally they take a selfie with the portrait of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima.

Practical days for horticulture techniques will continue

In the year 2016 Demokwekerij Westland organises practical days about cultivation and horticulture techniques for students, horticulture entrepreneurs and employees. Delegations from the Netherlands but also from far outside the country are visiting us with differing subjects; from water techniques to the boiler house, and from  screening and coatings to logistic means.

In march 2016 we have organised practical days for Lentiz MBO Greenport and InHolland on the area of:

  • Water technology and irrigation
  • Crop protection Spraying techniques
  • Light and climate sensors, measuring and analysing in the greenhouse

Through explanation and practical assignments various technical companies had accompanied in sharing knowledge on the practical days and we want to thank them for that!


Bean cultivation as practical assignment

In one of the research departments in Demokwekerij Westland a practical assignment is executed by first year students of MBO Greenport. 9 students started accompanied by two ex-growers 2 bean cultivations.

At the beginning of February the students started with setting up the cultivation. The students needed to carry out the cultivation; putting cuttings on cultivation mats, installing drippers and tensioning wires. Besides that they also set up a LED trial in the research department. The first results of the trial showed that there are more beans on the plant but it grows much slower than the other race of beans.

Sem van Kester is one of the students who works on the bean project and is very enthusiastic about this project: “It’s a good project, especially for us first year students that we do this quite early in the study year is really good. We learn a lot about the cultivation, but the trial we do with LED light’s is very interesting.”

On the 23 rd of March the first beans were harvested by the students. the other beans they expect to harvest around the 10 th of April. For the sale the students have made a deal with Boeregoed which are going to sell the beans in their shops.IMG_0747 (2)