De Kruiderie is a social employment project that wants to reintegrate people with difficult backgrounds or limited capacities (because of a handicap, psychiatric problems, social deprivation… ) into society by offering them a meaningful employment. The project consist of approx. 12 employees. Depending on their capacities, they work a number of (half) days per week in the project. They are guided by professional job coaches and a trajectory coach who provides psycho-social support.
The farm produces about 100 different biological herbs for culinary, medicinal and cosmetic use. In spring (March-July), the herbs are grown mainly for sale to private persons. From June onwards we start growing herbs outdoors for our own processing (dried herbs, herbal syrups and ointments, oils and vinegars…) and the sale to external parties. During the winter months, we are mainly occupied with processing the herbs and with making and selling gift packages with herbal products.
You will mainly be doing manual work together with the target group at the biological farm: helping with the harvest, weeding activities, preparing the vegetables for the market and finally selling them in the shop.
You will learn a lot about biological farming and about the concept of social working places in Belgium.