KNOW WHAT YOU EAT
‘When looking at the food production and consumption we have right now, what will we be eating in a hundred years time?’ This is one of many questions family Van den Braak worries about. They believe change begins with yourself. They don’t want to waste any food and they want to know where their food comes from. These ideas come together at the Herenboeren farm at Wilhelminapark in Boxtel, the Netherlands. That’s why the family made a two thousand euros investment in the farm to be able to eat its products.
Back to Basics the documentary takes you to the world of the Herenboeren farm Wilhelminapark through the Van den Braak family’s eyes. One of the hundred families who have invested in the project. The farm’s goal is to make that into two hundred investors by at the end of 2017, otherwise the farm wil go bankrupt.
ABOUT THE FILM
The Herenboeren farm Wilhelminapark was founded in 2015, by former agriculture organization employee Geert van der Veer. The land is twenty hectares, filled with cows, chickens, pigs, vegetables and fruits. There’s only one employed farmer who takes care of the land and everything that’s on it.
Meanwhile, the Herenboeren farm Wilhelminapark created a community. They need two hundred families who each invest two thousand euros before the summer of 2017 to make the farm a success and to see if this is a viable experiment. About a hundred families already did an investment to be able to eat from the farm’s products.
The Herenboeren farm is halfway, but the first problems have occured. The farm is an experiment, not everybody is happy with that. They get several fines from the Dutch Food and Drug Administration, because they are not playing by the rules. For example, their cows are not in cages, and therefore too skinny during winter. Also the Dutch weather can be a bad factor. A wet spring caused the potato harvest to fail because they don’t use greenhouses. To sum up, there’s a lot more waiting for the farm to overcome.
Back to Basics the documentary takes you to the world of the Herenboeren farm Wilhelminapark through the Van den Braak family’s eyes. One of the hundred investing families. The farm’s goal is to make that into two hundred investing families at the end of 2017, otherwise the farm wil go bankrupt.
FAMILY VAN DEN BRAAK INVESTORS
Family Van den Braak believes change begins with yourself. They want the food production and consumption to changed. That’s why they were one of the first members of the Herenboeren farm. They made a two thousand euros investment to be able to buy food from the farm. Since then, they have become more aware of what they eat and teach their kids Coen (6) and Noor (2) where food comes from.
GEERT VAN DER VEER FOUNDER
Founder Geert used to work at a Dutch agriculture organization, an interest group for farmers. He used to investigate the current agriculture system. In the 90s, he noticed a problem: the current system wasn’t advantageous for anybody. Besides that, he saw the agriculture methods were not even close to being animal or environmentally friendly. He knew he wanted to do things differently.
GEERT VAN DER BRUGGEN FARMER
Farmer Geert is the only employed farmer of the Herenboeren farm. You can find him on the land, working hard on taking care of the animals, fruits and vegetables. His day starts early in the morning, when he goes out to feed the animals. After that, harvesting starts. He knows what and why this farm does things differently from other farms and can explain this perfectly to the people who visit the farm.
We are Christa Hiddinga and Fleur Born, and we are two young filmmakers, passionate about what we do. We love to work on and expose sociocultural issues. We're both interested in food and sustainability. When we read an article about the Herenboeren farm Wilhelminapark in Boxtel, we knew we found the subject for our film. We want to make the Netherlands, and the rest of the world, think about the future of our food.
We all eat. But do you know what you exactly eat? Do you think it's important to become more concious about what it is exactly that we eat? Then show us that you support those ideas by donating to the crowdfunding of Back to Basics. With your help we can make people more concious about food. Just like family Van den Braak, you can make the change.
MORE BACK TO BASICS
If you would like to learn more about Back to Basics the documentary, about us or have a look behind the scenes, then visit our website docubacktobasics.com or like our Facebook page: facebook.com/docubacktobasics. Thank you!
Making this documentary is part of the documentary specialization CampusDoc, a subject in the School of Journalisn study in Utrecht. In a short time, students Christa and Fleur will make the documentary Back to Basics. It will premiere on June 18, 2017 at the Louis Hartlooper Complex in Utrecht.