A bit of history
Ronald and Marleen van de Winckel have been growing herbs since 1982.
At first this was limited to about ten different species of medicinal herbs, for the production of herbal teas.
Since 1990 we mainly grow medicinal plants intended for use in phytotherapeutic- and homeopathic-preparations.
Marleen kruiden is a family-business that intends to produce as efficiently as possible with the use of specialized cultivation- and processing-machinery. The technical background of Ronald van de Winckel (Agricultural Engineering at the University of Wageningen) is certainly one of the reasons for this choice.
If necessary, we hire specialized labour and knowledge, e.g. during labour-intensive periods in the fields and for specialized analysis of products. For processing, we use a herb-drier and a laboratory for the production of plant-extracts.
In 2011 we started with our Tasmanian production on a 40 hectare, (which has since increased to 80 hectare) mixed-farm.