From the beginning of their journey, the Klompe Farm integrated flower edges/grass-herb edges on their arable plots. These edges are the ideal habitat for insect, bumblebees and wild bees, which contribute to the natural pest control of lice in crops and pollination.
From 2017 the University of Amsterdam, Klompe and SHF worked together on monitoring the ecological validation of these flower edges. The results from 2017 and 2018 were that promising that it now is adapted as an example in the EU-project INTERREG of FABulous Farmers. INTERREG-projects give the EU-government input for the new EU-policy (in this case on agriculture).
Thanks to Patagonia's support, we have expanded the surface of our flower edges, and together with the University of Amsterdam we are investigating which flower/grass-herb mix works best for functional biodiversity enhancement.
Additionally, we started brewing our own biofertilizer. By using fermentation processes, we brewed a liquid of metabolites (organic products produced by bacteria and fungi) which can enhance crop resilience. The outcome in 2019 was very encouraging. In 2020 we wanted to improve the biofertilizer 'recipe' by enriching it with more nutrients. For instance, we have tried using whey-water, which is a residue from making cheese. The Klompe Farm is in contact with a cheese-making farm, which delivers the supply in whey-water. Whey-water is very rich in amino acids which helps soils to recover towards a biological balance.