BelAkker is Groot Eiland's urban farming project. BelAkker comprises 4 vegetable gardens where we harvest "high value crops": La Petite Senne at the Quai du Hainaut, Ter Ursulinen in the Marolles, L'abattoir on the roof of the Abattoirs and Hélifarm in the North Quarter. These 4 gardens in the centre operate according to the SPIN-farming method: Small Plot Intensive Farming. We currently grow high-value crops and added-value crops. High-value crops offer the highest possible yield per m2, such as lettuce mix, arugula, spinach, baby greens, cherry tomato, edible flowers, herbs, spring onion, ... Added value crops are popular crops that diversify our offer such as courgettes, beans, mangetout, aubergines, peppers, melon, ...
Besides these gardens, we realise 2 Community Supported Agriculture projects in Jette: self-picking farm CourJette and self-picking flower field FleurAkker.
Our newest addition in urban farming is Atelier Permanent, aimed at greening and reducing pavement of public and private outdoor spaces in the city. You can call on landscape architects Jef and Maxim and their team of to create sustainable, climate-robust and biodiverse gardens or outdoor spaces.
BELAKKER = SUSTAINABLE GREEN PROJECTS
BelAkker is part of Groot Eiland, an organisation active in the social economy. Vegetables and flowers are grown organically on our urban fields.
Our chain is very short. All our fields are within a 3 km radius, as are our restaurants and sandwich shops. Our harvest goes straight into the kitchens of our restaurants BelMundo, Taverne Ter Linden and RestoBel and our sandwich bars BelO and Elan. Our company restaurant BelCanto in De Munt, student restaurant BelCampus in Hogeschool Odisee and catering company BelCatering also rely on our local, super-fresh produce to prepare healthy, nutritious and delicious meals. Furthermore, our vegetables are offered in our bioshop The Food Hub and we supply several classy restaurants in Brussels.
CourJette CSA and FleurAkker CSA operate with annual self-harvesting subscriptions for vegetables and flowers. On average, members live within a 3km radius of the field.
For sowing, planting, weeding, harvesting, and delivery with our cargo bikes, we rely on collaborators in training and persons in adapted work. People suffering from burn-out or young people tired of school also experience the therapeutic effect of gardening here. Through this proces we harvest delicious fresh vegetables and joyful employees.