Dutch horticultural group The Fruit Farm Group (TFFG) has acquired A.C. Hartman, market leader in organic glasshouse horticulture products. The company currently owns 72 ha in Sexbierum, which will increase to around 110 ha in the coming years, making it one of the Netherlands’ largest glasshouse horticulture companies. Founded in 1948, A.C. Hartman supplies organically grown cucumbers, sweet peppers, sweet pointed peppers, chilli peppers, aubergines, cherry tomatoes and vine tomatoes.
In a new project, A.C. Hartman’s greenhouses will be heated with geothermal energy. This will involve boring to a depth of three kilometres in Sexbierum to reach hot water that will be pumped up to heat the greenhouses. Once the water cools, it will be return to the soil through a second well for reheating. This will deliver sustainably produced vegetables over an area of 37 ha.