Food forest Hei 15

Trees for All enables planting a new food forest at Heihof, a century-old farmhouse in Zuid-Limburg.

Status: Current project

From cattle farming and fruit growing to food forest

Stefan and Julie Lemlijn are third-generation farmers and about to change course. Hei 15 is a complete concept which will bring their passion for farm life, nature and design to life.

What makes this project necessary?

The farmhouse at Heihof in St-Geertruid has been in the Lemlijn family’s possession since 1920. Where in the past focus was on cattle farming and fruit growing, Stefan and Julie Lemlijn choose a nature-inclusive approach. Together they have worked on a sustainable enterprise since 2015, in which food production, architecture and recreation go hand-in-hand. They decided to combine the farming with several places for overnight accommodation and for activities.

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How to realise this?

In the autumn of 2021 the planting of a food forest will be launched in the 5-hectare grounds. The property will house a standard tree orchard, several herbal meadows for cattle, chickens and pigs, pools, hawthorn hedges, an oak forest and alder belt. A paradise for creatures to scratch and scrape around in.

This project contributes to several
Sustainable Development Goals

13. Climate action
15. Life on land
17. Partnership for the goals

Where are we going to plant?

The food forest will be planted at Heihof, a century-old farmhouse in Zuid-Limburg.

Our partners

In this project we work together with Agroforestry Foundation Netherlands (SVN) and the Lemlijn family.

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“Waking people up is our central point. We want to show that it is possible to farm in harmony with nature. As far as we are concerned, this is the future.”

— Stefan en Julie Lemlijn, Hei 15 initiators
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