Hendrikus was born on an organic farm in Holland at a time when traditional organic farming was the way of life. He was raised to understand the soil; how it works to create and sustain plant health; how to keep it nutrient rich and alive. He learned the traditions of working with the environment organically, keeping nature in balance, and understanding how that balance is essential to the health of all life. He learned to use his senses, experience and intuition to understand the ebb and flow of the environment, the needs of the land and the crops. He is old school in the ways that count; ways too often forgotten today yet still pertinent.
Hendrikus experienced firsthand the negative impacts, problems and destruction that chemical use brought to his farm when his farther tried the “new” methods of farming that were touted after World War II. That was short-lived – the negative repercussions too blatant for the schooled and experienced organic farmer, and the farm soon returned to the organic approach.
His firm, Hendrikus Group, has been at the forefront of sustaining the environment naturally and pioneering the organic approach in the Pacific Northwest for over 35 years, and on multi-continents over the last 15 years. The methods that he so successfully used at home, he brought to his landscape construction business. Over the years he has successfully adapted, innovated and time-tested organic products and methods in his projects. From fertilizer blends, living soil blends (called EssentialSoilTM) to nutrient and compost teas, he continues to research and develop ways to restore, sustain and enhance our natural environment. He was the first landscape company in the nation to test and use compost tea in his nursery and landscapes. Today’s compost tea is a high-tech take-off of the traditional farm methods he used to fertilize their crops.
He has earned more environmental excellence and design awards than any other landscape construction firm in the Puget Sound. He has been acclaimed internationally, nationally and regionally, and is a requested speaker at many environmental forums, covering topics of organics, living soils, environmentally sound construction practices, and erosion control. All of his projects are based on a solid organic approach, using living soil, and designs that maintain nature’s balance.
Hendrikus Organics, a division of the Hendrikus Group, was founded in order to offer his organic fertilizer and soil blends, methods and knowledge direct to the public. Turning to an organic approach is not complicated. It starts with the soil. The healthier the soil becomes, the easier it is to maintain. The healthier the soil becomes, the healthier the plants, the healthier our water, the healthier our environment.