Recycling, using less plastic, and eating more plant-based meals are a few of the many things people are doing to practice sustainability. As more individuals become aware of their habits and try to improve, learning more about what others are doing to be sustainable can help. One thing is for certain, understanding how our hosts are practicing sustainability simply by offering their land and resources for those who wish to travel in nature is a great start. However, being a Campspace host is an aspect of their lifestyle. We are happy to introduce you to Tamara and Samantha, and how these two hosts are practicing sustainability.
Located in two different areas of North Brabant are Tamara’s camp space in Budel and Samantha’s camps pace in Teteringen. Tamara and Samantha both have over 20,000 square meters of land (equal to about 3 football fields) dedicated to giving back to nature, animals, and their local community. In addition to the 2,000 trees that they both own and continue planting, are the food forests they grow and take care of annually. In fact, Tamara in particular has planted around 2500 trees and bushes this year alone and plans to plant more. From strawberries and raspberries to plums and apples, their food forests feed themselves, Campspace guests, and the animals natural to that location. Tamara and Samantha work with their husbands and devote their attention, time, and energy in making sure their fruitful forests grow to their best potential. The food forests in these camp spaces are a unique experience for travelers to spend a few nights in.
Working towards a circular economy is something Tamara and her husband have been doing for 6 years and want to continue with. Buying new items unless completely necessary and reusing materials or buying second-hand is something they genuinely enjoy and try to do. For example, they really like reclaimed items like fences and even got a picnic bench for Campspace guests to use. In addition, trying to use less plastic, buying food from local farmers, and using their own compost are a few of the sustainable activities Tamara is practicing daily. Firewood from the trees that were no longer contributing to the existing ecosystem when they first moved in 3 years ago, is now used to heat up their house. Lastly, they collect their own rainwater. An impressive 8000 liters of water this year was collected which they use to water their trees and plants. Her way of improving her sustainable lifestyle is by taking small steps. For example, they own four cats and they used to use clay litter for them. Now they switched to wood pellets adding another compost-friendly product into the picture!
Samantha and her husband have owned their forest for 3 years now. In the beginning, they noticed a large portion of trees were dying and not contributing to their environment other than taking up space, overshadowing the ground, and preventing growth. However, after removing all the dead trees they chopped them into firewood and now they heat their home with it. Recycling waste is something they actively do and have been doing for over 10 years, such as compost, plastic, and paper. Samantha’s husband also built a porch and other parts of their house with wood from their forest. They are both continuing to plant trees to create a more diverse forest. Samantha’s way of improving her lifestyle outdoors is by making sure she maintains her sustainable habits.
Another great aspect of Tamara and Samantha’s busy lives is working on their own businesses aside from Campspace land growth, land maintenance, and resource collecting. Samantha for instance uses the harvested American Oakwood from her forest to create wooden coasters and different prints.
Just like any new habit, we try to incorporate in our lives, maintaining sustainability is the best habit you can choose. Our hosts are not only practicing sustainability, but they are living a sustainable lifestyle, sticking to it, and improving in small ways. This shows how incredible their commitments and results are.
Tamara in particular mentioned that to her, sustainability means “working with nature”. That is instead of killing it with pesticides or disturbing it in other ways she further explained. By living a life surrounded by nature and working together with her husband, it keeps her busy and content. Tamara enjoys planting trees, however, seeing and experiencing the results of her hard work in the spring and summer is her favorite sustainable activity. Samantha shared that sustainability means “living in harmony with nature”. To be present in her forest alone and practicing mindfulness, and forest bathing are reasons to keep living a sustainable lifestyle.
By simply living a sustainable life, in itself is their favorite sustainable activity.
It is no question that these two hosts work hard and inspire others. Being present in green spaces does wonders for one’s physical and mental health. And you can very much be part of it, even meet Tamara and Samantha, and experience their rich food forest. You can start small and expand your options of sustainable activities by visiting one of our camp spaces. If you want to read more about how to be a sustainable host, read this article.
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