The Courjette self-picking farm

Super fresh, local and flexible: put your green fingers to work at Courjette

Vegetables from the supermarket and ready meals… For anyone who thinks about sustainability, they are no longer of our time. Just look at the success of the Courjette self-picking farm on the VUB campus at the Laarbeekbos in Jette, where you can pick your own vegetables whenever you want, seven days a week. Immediately after it started, 130 pickers had already taken out an annual subscription in exchange for a share of the harvest, and there is still a long waiting list.


Pictograms and flags show what and how you can harvest from Brussels farmers Tom Seconde (28) and Jef Merckx (28). By doing so, you are more in touch with what is on your plate, but there is also a social aspect. People who find it difficult to break into the labour market come and help as volunteers every day.

How can you help? By working at least one afternoon per week on a fixed day. And can you dream up a project that will contribute to the success of the self-picking farm by thinking outside the box? Electrical engineering, sustainable water management, sustainable forms of energy, a circular economy, etc., which field do you feel most at home in? What do you think about DIY windmills, irrigation, solar-powered cargo bikes, a stove or heating element which works on heat from composting, the influence of self-picking on the mood of participants, etc.

Itching to get started? Courjette needs you!

Roll up your sleeves
Dimitri devuyst

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