Jan Huijgen is farmer/entrepreneur on the Eemlandhoeve and philosopher of the new rural area. He is committed to the renewal of the rural- and agri - culture. He received for his work in 2007 the international Mansholtprize (www.mansholtprize.org). Het is co initiator of the regional Ark&Eemlandschap, the Regional Innovation Centre Eemvallei, the Stadtelandcooperative (citycountrysidecooperative), the national movement Versatile Countryside, the Taskforce Multifunctional Agriculture, the European Netwok of Versatile Farmers.
In the book Cityside Oasis, which was published by the 15th year of the Eemlandhoeve, are these activities described and are 4 in depth interviews with him published. He involves heartily joung people
(students) in this new agenda for the regional development.