Voedselbos Benthuizen


Carbon removal via Dutch Local Circular Agroforestry

  Land stored carbon    Photosynthesis
The Netherlands

SDG co-benefits

Status: ONCRA Certified
Verification Number: FNL-L-001
TRL: 9
First issuance of Credits: 2023

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Welcome to Food forest Benthuizen
On the outskirts of Benthuizen, we have transformed a 1.2-hectare meadow into a food forest. We have filled it with trees, shrubs and plants you can eat from. It is becoming a little paradise for humans and animals.
We would like to invite you to enjoy our food forest with us.

What is a food forest?
The official definition of a food forest is: a human-designed ecologically strong system aimed at food production. It is an optimal form of nature-inclusive agriculture.

The trees, shrubs and plants are in different growing layers with enormous biodiversity. The forest provides a nice habitat for bees, butterflies and lots of other animals. And of course you can harvest all kinds of things from the food forest: fruit, nuts, berries, vegetables, herbs, seeds, flowers and so on. There is something edible almost all year round.

About the remover
My name is Liesbeth van Bemmel. In recent years, I have made the transition from senior policy advisor and project manager to professional food forest builder. In the process, I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience in food forestry and all that it entails.

In 2017, I attended the Permaculture Annual Training Course and in 2019 the Food Forest Annual Training Course. In addition, I especially learned a lot from setting up Food Forest Benthuizen. My background and recent experience give me a broad spectrum of expertise that I can use when advising others.


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Additional Benefits

  • Local grown: short chain & circularity, avoiding any form of footprint as much as possible.
  • Ability to provide in 70% of the local diet for 300 families.
  • Sustainable alternative for most macro and micro nutrients.
  • Regeneration of degraded land and revival local biodiversity
  • Low footprint, high impact; contributing to 8 SDG’s

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • SDG2- Zero hunger
    The circular, local nature of our regenerative agroforestry farm allows us to produce almost double the food possible in the current conventional system. By integrating animals, we’re managing to close the loop on 90% of our business. We’re focused on our local market with a radius of 20 km in which we sell our products
  • SDG8-Decent work and economic growth
    At Boer in natuur, we believe that the cultivation of diverse agroforestry and silvopastoral systems, can revitalize our landscape and stimulate our local economy. By implementing regenerative practices, we aim to create healthy, productive ecosystems that support biodiversity, mitigate climate change, and promote soil health. We’re expecting to be able to have 3 salaries on a 20 hectare farm, whereas the average in our surroundings is one on 60 hectares.
  • SDG13- Climate Action
    Life is a beautiful, complex, optimized carbon sink. Promoting life, we use the power of nature to remove carbon from the atmosphere and put it into biomass, for human food, animal feed, and carbon removal. Not only does this create more life by creating numerous new habitats, it also buffers and recycles water, cleans the air, creates beautiful landscapes, and reduces erosion from rain and wind. It is the most cost-efficient and win-win-win-win way of storing carbon.
  • SDG 15- Life on Land Our farm is founded on the principle of bringing life back to as much of our area as possible. We’re definitely succeeding, several scientists have now found more life on our farm then on the neighbouring nature reserves. We’re regenerating our local ecosystems and providing a sustainable source of food, fuel, and fiber, promoting economic and social well-being.