Farm2Future, a World of Walas company, focuses on integrated solutions and systems for fresh and healthy food in cities. Zilal, our colleague, works with Farm2Future at the Spinnerij Oosterveld.
The green wall
She collaborated with her colleagues at the Spinnerij to develop a heart-warming project that will improve the air and create a beautiful little green space. The “Green Wall” is located in room 1.28, close to her laboratory where she works on urban farming solutions including bi-pesicides and
In the past few weeks, Zilal and the team have worked on setting up the Green Wall. Everyone contributed to the result in his or her own way; a real team effort!
The Green Wall consists of a total of 112 recycled plastic bottles filled with herbs and plants such as mint, thyme, strawberries, basil, parsley, lettuce and peppers. During the day, the wall is illuminated by lighting that has specifically been developed for the growth of the plants. In addition, a smart system is being installed so that the plants automatically receive water.
Besides the production of food and the improvement of the indoor climate, the system, made by Zilal, also looks great and we are very proud of it. If you’re visiting the Spinnerij, we invite you to take a look at our Green Wall!
Our colleague Zilal Suleiman-Alkadour explores systems, such as zero-tillage (omission of tillage) for Farm2Future, a World of Walas company. Zilal gives Farm2Future workshops to farmers in which she goes into detail into the possibilities for conserving agriculture, whereby tillage is avoided as much as possible so the soil can be covered with organic material.
Walas is working hard on opportunities for farmers to realize a switch from non-organic to organic farms. One solution for this is minimizing the use of pesticides. Due to the system of zero-tillage, the soil structure and soil fertility are improved. The crop yield increases as a result and weeds get less chance to grow. This makes chemical pesticide unnecessary.
Tillage is still widely used by farmers worldwide and in the Netherlands for growing crops. It aims to create good conditions for the germination and growth of crops. What many do not know, however, is that intensive tillage has many drawbacks. Many organisms die in the soil during the process. Organic matter digests faster which results in less oxygen in the soil. Through tillage soil life actually decreases.
Last Saturday there was an article in the Dutch newspaper “Nieuwe Oogst” about the work that Zilal does. The newspaper is a widely read newspaper among farmers, gardeners and their colleagues with stories in the agricultural sector. An excellent opportunity to tell about conservative agriculture, zero-tillage and the workshops with consulting and advice that Zilal gives. Curious about the article? Then click on the link!
The world population is expected to increase by more than 25% by 2050 and people continue to migrate to urban areas. This requires new systems, new production techniques and new ways of thinking about food production. Farm2Future offers integrated solution to some of the most pressing challenges modern cities face in food security. We develop powerful, locally deployable tools that can produce food on smaller and alternative areas, and protect crops with less environmental impact. Our solutions include stand alone, closed systems for food production, integrated pest management and new innovations in bio-materials.
Our team in the Farm2Future laboratory is working hard on smart solutions with a custom system for IPM (Integrated Pest Management). Our system protects plants and crops from both farms and greenhouses against attacks by insects, fungi and weeds. The pest management through the IPM system is always done in an organic way. The team is therefore working hard to make the transition from non-organic farms to organic farms
The Walas Farm2Future laboratory is also working on the production of EPF (Entomo Pathologenic Fungi). These are natural fighters that can be used for the protection of plants and crops. These natural combatants can be used with the IPM System. Farm2Future also offers consults, workshops (training for farmers) and education for agricultural students.
On October 10, Spinnerij Oosterveld was happy to receive a visit from local news channel RTV Oost for the recording of “Gevlucht naar Overijssel.” This Dutch program focused on refugees who overcome their challenges to build a new life in the Dutch region Overijssel.
Special stories and successes are explored in the series. Our Walas colleague, Zilal, was invited to be featured in one of the programs, and was happy to share her story. The morning was filled with interviews, a visit to her laboratory at Spinnerij Oosterveld and insight into the important work she does for the Walas urban farming unit, Farm2Future.
Farm2Future focuses on sustainable food production in closed Urban Farming systems, using residual streams from the city (heat, water, kitchen waste, etc.) as much as possible to produce high-quality food. This work requires safe and sustainable biological control of pests that cause damage to the plant, such as certain fly and beet species. In her work, Zilal focuses on safe and sustainable biological control of pests that can cause damage to our closed Urban Farming systems, and in the open field.
Zilal is a valuable addition to the urban farming team that has built up a wide range of expertise.The first episode of the program aired on Saturday, September 23rd and the last episode will air on Saturday, October 28th. More info about the program can be found on https://gevluchtnaar.nl/overijssel/
Farm2Future explores integrated solutions to some of the most pressing challenges modern cities face in food security. We develop new agri-systems for cities that can produce food on smaller and alternative areas, and protect crops with less environmental impact. Our solutions include stand alone, closed systems for food production, integrated pest management and new innovations in bio-materials.
Urban Farming is a powerful, locally deployable tool that disrupts traditional ways of thinking about food production and offers integrated solutions to some of the challenges modern cities are facing. The focus of this urban challenge is to support vital cities and local economy by offering systems for:
Fresh and local food
Local production for local markets
Renewable resources for an energy-dependent society
Recycling options for water, energy, organic nutrients and carbon (CO2)
Opportunities for participation, employment and sustainable socio- economic development
Consulting and workshops
In Enschede, The Netherlands, our Farm2Future group is working on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The team offers consulting and workshops for farmers, students and others interested in optimizing their food production systems. These workshops are held in the lab at the Spinnerij or on location to better server the needs of the farmer.
Stand alone systems
The location in Heerlen, The Netherlands is optimizing stand alone closed systems for fish farming, mushrooms and small scale vermiculture, with supporting models for herbs and microgreens. Other benefits include a strong business model and dramatically reduced environmental impact.
The Experience Centre
Phase 3 is now underway to expand offerings to include The Experience Centre, with education and training opportunities for youth and the general public. Renowned international Walas partners will be joining the next phase of product and systems development.