In Drachten, Friesland, one can find the remotely situated (for a greenhouse horticulture company) nursery Caparis Hederaculturen. Since 2002, dozens of varieties of hedera are grown at this location, by employees who face difficulty on the labour market. There is a party this month as the plant supplier celebrates its 90th anniversary.
And now for the 100th!
De Kwekerij is (the oldest) part of Caparis, a talent company which coaches people to find work in which they can completely participate. The government and eight companies are the clients, but also socially motivated companies from the cleaning sector, delivery, green service, assembly, and packaging industry come knocking on our door. The nursery has been an independent project within Caparis more or less since the beginning.
The nursery is 1.2 hectare and introduces millions of plants to the market every year. The plants find their way all over the world through the auction, but can, according to the new head of the nursery Edwin van der Veen, also be ordered.
Around 40 people are working at the nursery, such as Age: "I like to be here, I am a plant person. I used to work outside, but due to illness that is no longer possible. It is great I can work here." Martijn is also happy with his work at De Kwekerij: "The work here has been customized for me. Working outside stimulates me too much, and I have a short fuse, and that causes problems."
This anniversary year is also marked by the departure of Eef van der Heyden, who is retiring after working here for 30 years.
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