Tomatoes are cultivated within a six-month window, from seed until the fruit is available on the supermarket shelf. Most of our tomatoes are cultivated on open fields but ZZ2 is progressively implementing protected farming methods such as nethouses and greenhouses.
Due to the intensive nature of tomato cultivation and the volumes that need to be produced, open field production remains at the core of ZZ2’s tomato cultivation. Our five-year rotational planting policy means that our tomatoes are cultivated in rested and healthy soil. We put back what we take out. These practices are all in line with Natuurboerdery® protocols of farming on a large scale without damage to the environment.
Nethouse and greenhouse cultivation
Protected farming offers numerous benefits. ZZ2 is progressively switching to, and implementing, greenhouse and nethouse methods to improve yields and produce large volumes without reverting to industrial farming. It offers an ideal environment to do research on plant protection, contol of diseases through nature-friendly practices and plant nutrition.
Natuurboerdery® (Nature farming)
ZZ2’s way of farming are called Natuurboerdery®. It is a registered trademark that guarantees the consumer that the produce on our farms are produced according to certain health and ethical standards.
Agricultural practices and processes founded in Natuurboerdery® are aimed at using the best technology in harmony with the laws of living nature, of which the most important are probably efficiency and adaptable sustainability. It can also be described as moving away from “hard” industrialised farming concepts by including more sensible concepts of organic farming. Natuurboerdery®-based farming principles encompass more than agricultural practices – they also govern our entire association with our natural environment.