Henri Willig Organic Dairy Farm
The organic dairy farm is located in the fertile agricultural land of North Holland. These pastures are home to many different forms of flora and fauna. With important plants such as the white clover, yarrow, goose grass and dandelions that are not only tasty but have many healthy benefits for our cows. For this reason we do not use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides on our fields, and as such our farm is seen as an inspiration for many of our farming partners. Our cows are outside at least 180 days of the year with a minimum of 12 hours a day. In this way they show natural behavior and feel as comfortable as possible, thus avoiding diseases and providing the best milk possible.
Henri Willig grew up in Katwoude. His parents ran a dairy farm there. As the only son in a family of five, Henri attended the primary agricultural school. In 1974 he took over his father's farm, together with his wife Riet. The enterprising farmer quickly played with the idea of making his own cheese. He took a course in cheese making and became so skilled at it that he decided to produce cheese on his own farm. His passion did not go unnoticed. The cheese farm, located in the beautiful Waterland polder landscape, soon became an attraction for foreign tourists.
What began as a new challenge for Henri Willig's farming business grew into a thriving cheese factory and top destination for cheese lovers. Henri Willig exports its special cheeses to more than 35 countries. In addition, Henri Willig receives millions of visitors each year in his own stores and cheese farms.