Masterclass CO2 paprika

Much more to learn about CO2..

In the horticulture sector we need to learn to do everything with less CO2. Since year and day all over the world research of CO2 is done. There is from out of the program Greenhouse as Energysource (Kas als Energiebron, KaE) for the last ten year a strong focus on being more efficient with CO2. That’s why there is already a lot of information about it.

To help the grower with this volatile gas, 6 masterclasses are organized this fall. These masterclasses find place at Demokwekerij Westland and is for entrepreneurs and directors who are taking care for the daily cultivation. On September 25 the first Masterclass CO2 Paprika find place.

Program 25th of September (13:00 – 16:00 o’clock)
The program starts at 13:00 o’clock and ends at 16:00 o’clock. During the afternoon various specialist will share information, and growers will work on specific issues within the crop.

  • Refresh course photosynthesis by Sander Hogewoning (Plantlighting)
  • Plant balance in relation to light and CO2 by Peter Geelen (
  • Visit CO2 facility
  • Presentation research: research for efficiency CO2 taking (Plantlighting)
  • Discussion

CO2 facility
To work on a sharing knowledge with growers, growers society TTO, Demokwekerij Westland and Inno-Agro in cooperation with KaE have established together the ‘ CO2 facility’. Demokwekerij Westland works together with various partners on sharing knowledge and research in the physical space

Sign up
Would you like to sign up for the Masterclass CO2 Paprika? Contact Demokwekerij Westland at 0174-385600. (Dutch speaking participants only)


Seeds meets Technology

The event for innovation technology in the area of seeds…

On the 22, 23, 24 and 25 of September the second edition of Seeds meets Technology will take place. The event is expanding this year up to 25 companies who show their innovations to professionals in the seed sector, international buyers of seeds, producers, suppliers and growers national and international.

Seeds meets technology is the event about innovative technologies in the area of seeds. Coating systems, seed treatment trials, race assortment, automated phenotyping, seed processing, specialized software, climate control and new cultivation systems are shown.  Participants demonstrate their innovation on the trial field and in an exposition room. Initiators of this trade fair are Proeftuin Zwaagdijk, Seed Processing Holland, Leba and Incotec. New participants this year are Seminis, Prudac, Bakker Brothers, 30MHZ, Green Simplicity, Certhon, Data Technologies, Fond and Rolan Roboti cs.Seeds meets technology

Visitors of Seed Valley technology can expand their visit with visiting the open days of Pop Vriend, Bejo Zaden, Syngenta, Sakata and Hazera. For more information:

The location is central in the region Seed Vally, Proeftuin Zwaagdijk, Tolweg 13, Zwaagdijk-Oost.

Business economics for the horticulture at Demokwekerij Westland

The horticulture sector is radically changed and is continuing changing: innovation in production, sales, processing, cooperation’s and internationalization. This all challenges entrepreneurs, but also business leaders, to multiple management challenges. These challenges require knowledge and skills and make greater demands on entrepreneurship.

The education ‘Bedrijfskunde voor de Tuinbouw’(business economics for the horticulture) is developed for entrepreneurs and company leaders who wants to expand their knowledge and who wants to improve their entrepreneurship and leadership. A few meetings of the education business economics for the horticulture of the study year 2015- 2016 find place at Demokwekerij Westland. This is an inspiring and practical surrounding and therefor an excellent location for sharing knowledge.

Developing yourselfFrank
“As a entrepreneur it is important to develop yourself” explains one of the participants Nicole Litjens of Nursery Litjens. “the education fits well with my daily activities. It ensures you that during the education you, on set moments, are working on a little piece of the future of your company during your daily activities.”

The education is developed by HAS Hogeschool in corporation with Flynth advisors and accountants BV. Partners of this education are Hogeschool InHolland, Horticoop, Kas Groeit, ABN AMRO and Rabobank. You can find more information through the following link: Click here.(in dutch only)

Many Innovation projects IDC Robotica at Demokwekerij

One of the research subjects at Demokwekerij Westland..

Since 2014 is IDC Robotica(innovation demo centre Robotics) an understanding at Demokwekerij Westland. in corporation with TNO and TU Delft, took Demokwekerij Westland initiative and has set up the centre. IDC Robotica is one of the six IDC’s in the Netherlands, where IDC Robotica is focused on the factor labour, mechanization and robotics opportunities in or around the nursery.

Roy Wubben, project leader of IDC Robotica tells: “IDC Robotica works as a start-up for new innovation projects. The start of one of these innovation projects is a visit of one or multiple growers (often a study club or cooperation) to IDC where on the hand of physical alignments discussions find place about labour in and around the nursery. Because of these discussion some practical questions arise which are picked up by IDC through the innovation project.

For every innovation project IDC hands a structural approach, which starts with the full process inventory on the nursery(s). than the idea development, the division of the process within automation steps, using experts (knowledge/education institutions) for the technical feasibility analysation and the set up and the implementation of small practical tests.IDC

After the first steps IDC comes with an advice based on the results and make a plan of approach and a budget for the planning and test with a demonstrator. For the last step within a innovation project, IDC brings technical companies together which can play a role in the eventual development project.

IDC is working at the moment with a lot of growers on different innovation projects, some example of the crops we work on are: Ficus, Yucca, cucumber, tomato, eggplant, hydrangeas and various flower bulbs. A few of these innovation projects have followed the full IDC approach and are at the beginning of the actual development project, which is picked up outside IDC. “Because of the big interest from the sector and various successful projects IDC is now working on the sustainability (roll out for the coming years). We call out to all the growers, technical suppliers and/or knowledge institutions who wants to be a part of this” says the project leader.

Robotics Event
IDC Robotica, the promoters and participants are organising on the first of October a big horticulture event at Demokwekerij Westland. Various research questions, innovation projects and results within the area of mechanization and robotics are presented. Save the date already in your agenda fort his interactive event. Within a short period of time we will give more details about the program and how you can sign up.

IDC Robotica is partly financed by Kansen voor West, Provincie Zuid-Holland and the European union.


Excursion TTO to De Jong Verpakkingen and Demokwekerij

Grower association TTO (Tuinbouw Techniek Ontwikkeling / Horticulture Technique Development) organized Friday the 29th of May an excursion/brainstorm afternoon for her members. The afternoon started with a visit at De Jong Verpakkingen, which is the market leader in packaging material in the agriculture sector. After an explanation of the management followed a tour through the production areas of the company in De Lier. Afterwards the group went back to Demokwekerij Westland for the rest of the program.

After the group arrived at Demokwekerij Westland, Jan Smits from Kenniscentrum Plantenstoffen was ready to talk with the growers about the possibilities of vegetable residues, high-quality ingredients, Biobased and various ongoing projects within this area.

The second half of the program was marked by a brainstorming session using five pitches by knowledge institutions WageningenUR Glastuinbouw and TNO. The named knowledge institutions brought, on request from TTO, various subjects to the attention through short pitches/presentations. The subjects which were discussed this afternoon were visited in the greenhouse through a rotation system, these subjects were:

  • 3D crop model which calculates the effect of light exposure and the shape of the crop.
  • Hyperspectral camera technique for early disease detection
  • Vision & robotics. Detection techniques with camera systems above the crop (measuring growth, detection diseases etc.) and in the shed on the harvest products (measuring not visual quality features, lycopene in tomatoes, micospharella in cucumber.
  • Selective removing sodium from water, through membrane cell and electro dialysis
  • ‘Talking with the plant’. We can model and measure everything, but what it really goes about is: What does the plant think about the surrounding? And how can we steer a happy plant with the highest production and disease prevention.

During the joint buffet there were extensive discussions about the various subjects and ideas that emerged during the excursion. For the researchers it was interesting to have the discussion with the growers, as one of the researchers said: “I really appreciated this afternoon win the growers, I have gained myself a lot of practical knowledge and I’m up to date about everything what’s going on in practice”.

Visit Taiwanese delegation for short course

On the 26th of June a Taiwanese Delegation have followed a custom made program at Demokwekerij Westland. This program has been put together with the wishes of the group growers, researchers and government.

With a short but variously program, the delegation was taken into the world of cultivation, technique and crop protection in the horticulture sector. The day started with a presentation about horticulture in the Netherlands, and which part the Demokwekerij plays in this sector. Afterwards the delegation followed a tour through Demokwekerij, where many questions were asked about the different techniques. Participant Boal Systems was present to explain their Deck systems.

After all the techniques were discussed , the group was taken to various research areas which are currently done at Demokwekerij Westland. Afterwards researcher Jeroen Sanders discussed Food Safety , Food Security and green crop protection with the group. This was a subject that aroused a lot of interest and were many questions were asked. After the intensive course, the delegation left with several ideas on cooperation in the field of research and sharing knowledge.

Demokwekerij Westland provides national and international various educational and practical days and training programs for students, horticulture entrepreneurs and- employees. Are you interested in what you read here? Do you have a question or idea and can we do something for you? Please contact us at 0174-385600 /


Study visit Clusius College at Demokwekerij Westland

Sharing Knowledge at the top….

On Wednesday May 27, 15 students of the Clusius College in Hoorn went for a study visit to Demokwekerij Westland. A special curriculum was created for this group.

The afternoon started with a tour through Demokwekerij Westland where new techniques where discussed and research departments have been visited. After the tour the group got split into four groups to work on divers workshops with assignments. Each group was assigned a type of crop , these were tomatoes, bedding plants , orchid and chrysanthemum . The students were given three tasks to work out at the first assignment, the students had to work out the watercourse circle of crops. Then the students were instructed to create a complete production department of 180 square meters.

With the eye on the future of the horticulture and these future horticulture contributors the students were asked hoOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAw the greenhouse of the future looks like and to draw it. At the end of the day all the students presented their assignments to the fellow students and tutors after which they were discussed. Clusius college was satisfied with this practical application of the study visit.

Demokwekerij Westland provides national and international various educational and practical days and training programs for students, horticulture entrepreneurs and- employees. Are you interested in what you read here? Do you have a question or idea and can we do something for you? Please contact us at 0174-385600

Inholland new participant at Demokwekerij Westland

The demonstration area expands with a knowledge institutions ..

Inholland Delft has become a new participant at Demokwekerij Westland. Inholland sees Demokwekerij Westland as a good place for students to gain knowledge.

“Demokwekerij Westland has developed into an important hub for knowledge from, and for the Dutch horticulture. It is a central point where entrepreneurs, suppliers and knowledge institutions meet. Therefore, the study Horticulture and Agribusiness of Inholland Delft will participate at Demokwekerij Westland. Demokwekerij Westland plays an important role as a practical environment in our education. It offers the green HBO student insight in daily practice, “said Hans Inholland TekenenLigtenberg of Inholland Delft.

Demokwekerij Westland and Inholland Delft will set up the Horticulture Innovation Desk, where growers can submit their questions whereby students and growers look for solutions together. Hereby a realistic and interesting learning envorionment gets created, where they can gain a lot of experience. More about this soon ..