Stichting Grondbeheer was established in 1978. The idea for a land bank with biodynamic agricultural land was developed by the Economic Study Group of the Dutch Anthroposophical Society (Antroposofische Vereniging). This study group wished to translate Social Threefolding into practice. To do this, Steiner distinguishes three types of money: purchase money, gift money and loan money. Purchase money moves back and forth between dealers, producers and consumers. Gift money makes new developments possible, for example in science, education and art. And loan money is located between them and stimulates innovation in the production system.

“Land is essential in a way that’s different to a machine or a building”, members of the study group reason. “This is because land is not produced by people. Hence it does not suit the nature of land to possess it or trade it with money for purchasing or loans.” Their belief was that the pressure of production in agriculture, which takes place to the detriment of the environment, can only be resolved when agricultural land can be removed from economic circulation with loan money. Stichting Grondbeheer was created to achieve this ideal.

The work of Stichting Grondbeheer is now more relevant than ever. On the one hand, over the coming years there will be a large group of biodynamic agrarians retiring from the profession without someone to take over their business. On the other hand, there is a new group of young and enthusiastic student farmers and market gardeners graduating from Warmonderhof training college whose parents are not in the agrarian sector. By freeing up agricultural land, Stichting Grondbeheer can ensure that the new generation can continue the life work of the retirees.

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