HOME GROWN sustainably growing food together

The ‘Herenboeren’ (gentlemen farmers) movement is an upcoming food movement in the Netherlands of citizens/consumers who start growing their own food. Collectively they run a farm and employ a farmer. It’s a kind of CSA in which the community shares all risks and benefits. Home Grown portrays three of these ‘Herenboeren’: Geert, the ideologist of the movement, Monic a seasoned gentlewoman farmer and Eric who tries to start a ‘Herenboeren’ farm. The logic of the ‘Herenboeren’ concept is compelling: direct linking farm to fork, producing tasty unprocessed food, circular mixed farming aso. But in practise starting a farm is far from easy. The documentary also investigates the potential societal effects of the ‘Herenboeren’ way of farming. Can it develop into a viable alternative for industrial food production? Experts like the Dutch minister of Agriculture share their thoughts on this.

Barend Hazeleger is a Dutch documentary film maker with a background in agricultural sciences. Agriculture, nature, landscape and art are his favoured topics. He made a lot of science films. For a series about biotechnology he was awarded the Wageningen University Press Award. His second last documentary is ‘Pier+Horizon, the spirit of the place’, in which land art artist Paul de Kort is being portrayed.
Crew credits and specification of the film, together with some stills from Home Grown


  • October 10, 2019 at the Ede Food and Film Festival (Dutch première)
  • October 15, 2019, Omroep Gelderland (regional broadcaster)
  • December 8, 2019, Omroep Brabant (regional broadcaster)
  • March 11, 2020, International Film Festival Gorinchem together with Stichting Goeie Grutten, special screening