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of Organic projects

Mission statement

The need for organic supply chains increases as  consumption grows.

DID-IT wants to stimulate the organic supply by the kickstart, support and finance of projects to grow and produce with diversity for more quality organic agricultural products.

Current Projects


Bee populations

Poppe Braam and Gerard van de Braak of De Valksche Hof have been working together for many years. They placed the first bee colonies on the industrial area of the Harselaar Barneveld. A complete novelty at that time. After the purchase of the office farm in Voorthuizen, a few beehives were installed on the DIT-IT site in early 2021. 5 colonies were placed, which immediately could take care of the fruit blossom pollination and also pollinated the sown buckwheat.
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Jersey Steers

Jersey steers are usually slaughtered 2 weeks after birth and used as non-organic dog feed as they are too small for conventional calf fattening. At DID-IT, organic Jersey steers are kept and fed with organic milk and hay and a specific herb mixture in an open stable with a lot of straw.
After three months they are fed organic roughage and go into the pasture. No antibiotics are used. They are castrated for safety reasons. After 20 – 24 months they will provide very tender and tasty organic meat of high quality and value.
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The SYMFONIO project supplies organic fonio from Burkina Faso and the Sahel region. The aim of SYMFONIO is, to provide farmers with enough yield for their own use and a surplus for export, through the production of nutritious crops.
The cultivation of fonio counteracts desertification and erosion and can even make desert soil fertile again.
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Lucky Bird

Geluksvogel (Lucky Bird) is a poultry farm concept in which the hens and roosters are kept  in movable carts, so-called chicken coops on wheels. The chicken cart is moved to a fresh piece of grass at least once a week so that soil life remains in optimal condition. The hens and roosters  are held on organic fields and fed with organic grass, herbs and feed. The cart is equipped with solar panels. The organic eggs are packed in recyclable cartons and sold in organic food shops. This is a complete natural egg-to-egg cycle.
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Out of a company for organic small farmers soya, BIORGANICA was born in 2007 to grow organic supply in the Parana state for local use and export. Not only organic but also FairTradeIBD certified to adjust social, environmental and economic needs and to make a connection between the farmers and producers. The main crops for export are soya, cassava and sugar. The farmers and producers are supported by organic and technical advice, and for export. For the local market there is support for organic product development.
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BIOVEE has been founded by organic farmers for organic farmers and is committed to organic breeding with organic livestock. Organic breeding is the selection and propagation of animals (organic cows, pigs, chickens and goats) in and for organic farming, with respect for animal welfare and animal integrity. Male animals deserve a life as well. Selected organic bulls are used for organic A.I.  and as organic studs. A special organic chicken race is bred, to provide organic eggs and meat.
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Noorderlicht is a space in which organic experiments are made possible. There is a so-called Mancave where roosters are kept until they reach adulthood. A food forest is planned, and a flower  meadow where the roosters  and  hens can hide, as well as a natural plant wall, an organic vegetable garden and other experiments involving  youngsters, because they are the next generation to keep our planet healthy.

About us


Poppe Braam

Born and raised in Friesland, Poppe was already involved with organic farming and food during his student time in Groningen the Netherlands, and the first to start a certified organic chicken company.

At the same time he turned his eye to the world beyond and came into contact with international organic companies. After the required experience he started DO-IT, an international trading company in organic raw materials and consumer products based in Barneveld. The company is now one of the largest organic companies in the Netherlands. After more than 30 years of dedicated managing DO-IT, Poppe passed the baton at the end of 2020 to 2 entrepreneurs with a passion for organic agriculture and food.

Sitting still is not Poppe and now his work is continuing on the many challenges and questions posed to the sector of organic agriculture and food. DID-IT B.V. is the base for the resulting activities. Poppe and his team will be able to keep contributing towards the important transition of a sustainable, organic agriculture and food sector in the Netherlands and other countries. The European Green Deal also poses major challenges for the production and marketing of organic food.
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News & Activities

Visite Eyckenstein

At the end of April, DID-IT visited Jacob Beeker of the Eyckenstein organic farm in Bilthoven. It was a follow-up to the meeting in Voorthuizen of 10 organic farmers with Jersey cows and bulls. The collaboration between DID-IT, Eyckenstein and these farmers is about raising the bull calves, instead of having the bulls slaughtered for dog food after a few weeks. The Jersey bulls deliver exclusive meat which is particularly tasty, because of the breed but also because they grow up in a natural way outside and only with roughage and grass. After half a year they can go to Eyckenstein where the bulls continue to graze outside and become at least 2 years old to eventually be delivered as exclusive Jersey meat to organic shops or catering.

Honest food from the Region

Our guests, Chefs of “Honest food from the region”, prepared a complete lupine dinner with the help of our chef Felice.

It was a part of the lupine cook challenge of Slowfood Youth Network.

The menu was:
roasted lupine beans -  lupine humus on cucumber – lupine pie – lupine dish – lupine dessert.

New Jersey's

On Friday March 11, young organic Jersey steers arrived at the Braamstruik farm. A trial in which the Jersey steers can continue to live instead of being slaughtered after a few weeks. The intention is to raise them on the Eyckenstein estate in order to be able to supply after a few years exclusive organic Jersey meat. After staying in an open stable with straw, they go into the pasture where they eat grass and organic feed of grains and herbs all year round.The same day, a number of farmers with Jersey cattle visited DID-IT and the farm to exchange experiences and jointly set guidelines for the bull calves and the marketing of the meat.

Students of the Johannes Fontanus College at DID-IT about sustainability

On February 25, 40 students from the JFC in Barneveld came to DID-IT. The students conducted research into the sustainability of companies and institutions. What can be improved in the field of sustainability and advised. After an introduction of DID-IT by Poppe Braam, these studies were presented on the farm with the advice and the conclusions.

Kobe Schoofs showed the students around and explained about the bulls, the roosters and hens, the bees and further activities of DID-IT. Both the students, the companies and institutions visited, develop more awareness through these studies about the real concept of sustainability and can integrate it into the business or daily life of the students who are ultimately consumers and make choices.

Summit Cambodia

An important summit was recently held in Cambodia to tackle poverty, the environment, etc. in the country. Poppe Braam was invited as one of the speakers. He previously introduced the initiative there, together with a rice supplier, for an annual “Tree planting and Cleaning day.” "The global organic market is growing strongly. Cambodia has great opportunities to build a good export market with organic rice, cashew, tapioca and mango and can offer farmers a sustainable alternative locally and a greater value of products," says Poppe.

Burkina Faso Visit

In the week after the NOFF tradeshow Poppe Braam, DID-IT and Solange Domaye, Symfonio travelled to Burkina Faso.
They visited the fonio project and met the representative of the Burkina Dry More project for mango. Symfonio works together with Dry More for the women working on the mango project to create employment during the off season at the fonio project. In the same off season the mango drying facilities can be used for fonio.  A perfect combination of two women empowerment projects.

Northern Organic Food Fair

On November the 17th and 18th, Symfonio took part in the NOFF, Northern Organic Food Fair, a trade fair in Malmö Sweden. There was a lot of interest in fonio, tiger nuts and baobab, not only from Scandinavian companies but also from other European visitors. More than a 100 visitors have been followed up for more information or product samples.

Jersey steers back
in the open stable

Since last week, our jersey steers have been allowed back into the open stable.They can choose whether they go into the barn where hay is ready to eat or stay outside in the meadow.Some of the chilly ones opt for indoors, but there are also tough calves that stay outside even at night.

Rooster Tasting

For the project of the Dual Purpose Chicken, 5 old chicken breeds were selected. A group of 24 participants ate the rooster meat and chose the tastiest rooster for the dual purpose chicken in which roosters and hens continue to live.

Sasso roosters go outside

The Sasso roosters can go outdoors and feel at home in the tasty grasslands.

Sasso roosters

Roosters are selected from the Sasso chicks.
About 460 will grow up at DID-IT’s place.
First in the rooster cart where they get special food until they go into the meadow with fresh grass, herbs and insects..

Buckwheat threshing

After harvesting, the first crop of buckwheat is threshed and stored in the barn to dry.

Speaking of chickens

With the same (double) purpose as the Sasso chickens, Hagewijders are hatched under the guidance of AviVet and other experts, all in and around the DID-IT farm.

Sasso dual purpose chickens August/2021

For the Lucky Bird project, eggs from Sasso hens are hatched at DID-IT. Together with AviVet's vets, research is set up for organic double-purpose chickens, hens for laying eggs and roosters for meat.

Bull dance

The Jersey bull calves are allowed to go out into the pasture after their stay in the barn.They can now graze themselves and provide for their own food. The meadow is covered with herb-rich grass, very tasty.

Shutters ceremony

Our painting team has restored and painted the shutters of the farm.A ceremony is planned where the team with Poppe and staff place the shutters making the farm complete again.

Sowing Fonio

Sowing Fonio! As an experiment, it is not intended to replace our African fonio! Fonio grows in dry sandy soils with a subtropical climate.

Jersey steers

The first group of Jersey steers are housed in the authentic barn. They are taking care of until they reach adulthood. First fed in the barn with milk and hay and around mid-July into the meadow.

Happy pigs

Tooske and Baske arrive at the farm. Tooske is an elderly sow and Baske is a young pig who feels safe next to Tooske. First in the shed for a few days and then rooting outside in the ground.In due time in the forest garden?

Planting trees

Trees are planted by Poppe and Willem.A fruit orchard with apples and pears that also provides shade for the chickens.

Lucky Bird on the farm

A rooster cart has been placed with Brother roosters as a project of the Lucky Bird. The cart stands between the trees and bushes so that the roosters can hide from prey birds. They get fresh water and feed every day and forage outside all day long for grass and insects.

Bantam chickens

Frisian bantam chickens provide eggs on the farm. Great for Felice's meals and fried eggs at lunchtime.

Reception area

Part of the barn has been converted into a multifunctional reception area.The space also serves as an office and canteen where Felice serves Italian lunches.

Moving day

First day in our new office! In the farm located on the Voorthuizerweg in Nijkerk. We moved from the industrial area De Harselaar to the countryside in Nijkerk - Voorthuizen


EO Life

The farm is filmed for an TV Show called EO Life when one of the jersey steers escaped.

New Business Café

Poppe has taken part in a webinar from the New Business Café to talk about his experience in organic business.

Keuringsdienst van Waarde

Dutch TV show Keuringsdienst van Waarde interviewed Poppe about Avian Influenza (Bird Flu).

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Contact us

Did It B.V.

Voorthuizerweg 7
3862 PZ Nijkerk
‍The Netherlands


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