The Croyse loop and Reindonk strive for innovative but also sustainable developments that are good for future people.
This is summarized in the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We are involved in the neighborhood and support various local and national charities. Also, we are looking for ways to be more sustainable as a business and do not flinch for innovative projects.
The Croyse Loop and Reindonk makes its shed and adjacent terrain available for an annual motorcycle weekend of the Harley Davidson Club Liberator. But also for activities of the St. Margarethagilde De Rooi Schut, including a flea market and drum lessons. In addition, we open our doors to youth associations for the construction of carnival wagons. And to the local carnival association De Gele Kielen for the storage of the youth prince’s car.
Motorcycle weekend announcement (Source: ED 2018)
The second oldest Croy Hunt is also organized yearly from Castle Croy on our grounds. In addition, the local Harmonie de Goede Hoop is sponsored by lending and storing items. And the canteen has been made available to the local Billiards Club for the elderly.
In the past, the shed also served as temporary accommodation for the archery association De Eendracht and the regional food-bank.
Castle Croy Hunt (2019)
The Croyse Loop and Reindonk see sustainability as an essential aspect of the future. Our plans today are underpinned by innovations for the future. As a result, the company continues to develop and grow.
Excursion of the LEV group from Helmond (2019)
For a number of years, we have been investing to be able to do business more sustainably. For example, we have developed a bio-film in collaboration with Oerlemans plastic. This bio-foil improves the soil quality and reduces the use of pesticides. (For more information about the bio-foil, see the article bio-foil)
Photo of the bio-foil covered backs (2019)
We grow bee-friendly plants that make a positive contribution to food crops. Various beekeepers have for a number of years placed hives next to the plot. I (Pieter Verschure) also represented the board of the local NCB and later ZLTO farmers for a number of years. In addition, the Croyse Loop and Reindonk are involved in Bavaria’s Boer Bier Water project. In addition to the projects for soil improvement and water management, we also provided a new cycle route along all the companies involved in Laarbeek.
“In addition to the projects for soil improvement and water management, we also provided a new cycle route along all the companies involved in Laarbeek.”
Finally, the Croyse Loop en Reindonk is working on green energy by means of solar panels. All roofs of the company buildings are currently equipped with these solar panels, which partly provide our company with electricity.
Previously, we worked with CHP engines that burn gas to generate heat and electricity at the same time. In order to be able to do business even more sustainably, we are working on the construction of a solar park in which we also want to offer the local population the opportunity to participate.
Photo of the greenhouses in Aarle-Rixtel (2018)
Sustainability goes hand in hand with innovation. For example, the developed bio-foil ensures that the soil temperature warms up which is needed for Ipomoea batatas (sweet potato) cultivation. The result is that cultivation that was originally only grown in countries such as America and Southern Europe can now also be grown in the Netherlands. This new cultivation also requires new harvesting techniques and the development of new machines.
Video commissioned by the Croyse Loop about the Sweet Sweet Potato harvest (2020)
These new machines for the Ipomoea batatas cultivation have been developed in collaboration with Basrijs and Lommerse Tuinbouwmachines. The Ipomoea batatas are very sensitive to damage. In addition, the tubers must be stored in a warm room with high humidity. If the tuber is damaged during harvest, it can rot more quickly.
Photos of Sweet Sweet Potato cultivation (2019)
Next to the development of the new Ipomoea batatas machines, chrysanthemum cultivation also has undergone development. Instead of harvesting all chrysanthemums by hand in the past, we have been investing in the development of a new machine since 2019. This machine ensures a more efficient harvest period in which a lot of time is saved during harvesting.
Photo chrysanthemum in the field (2019)
But not only the machines have evolved. Many changes have also taken place in the field of pesticides. For a number of years, we have been expanding the use of biological agents as crop protection agents.
For example, we currently use Aphidoletes aphidimyza , the larvae of this gall midge eat a wide variety of lice. (Other solutions we are currently using during cultivation are listed in a table below.) Because we want to make the best choices for people and nature, we will only expand this further in the future.
” Because we want to make the best choices for people and nature, we will only expand this further in the future.
Ecological cultivation brings happiness “
Biological agents as crop protection agents
I Insect parasitic nematode Steinernema Feltië, this is cast on sciarid gnats and used against thrips pupae.
Ateta Coriaria (culture buckets)
The rove beetle sits in a culture bucket and has a run-out of 5 to 6 weeks, it is deployed against shore flies, sciarids, Duponchelia (caterpillar).
The larvae of the midge eat a wide range of lice.
The predatory mite eats the first 2 larval stages of the: thrips and whitefly eggs.
The predatory mite eats thrips pupae, fungus gnats larvae, oevervlig springtails larvae.
The bacterium Amyloliquefaciens based on biological fungicides has a very wide preventive effect, for example, it is used against a wide spectrum of fungi (botrytis, mildew, phytopthora, pithium etc).
The biological fertilizer based on amino acids is used as a plant enhancer.
Trap lamps with decoy pheromones
This is used to catch moths and flies.
In order to present ourselves as a sustainable company, we are certified in various areas: environmental certifications (MPS A, on the way to planet proof ) and social certifications (MPS GAP, SQ and Global GAP and Grasp ), Fair Trade Poinsettia (support for cutting production companies in Africa) To this end, various audits are conducted every year. ( The certificates of these are below to find.)