GreenPort NHN International

Food Garden of Europe

horticulture • outdoor cultivation and cultivation on water • innovation in bulb and ornamental plant growing sustainable cultivation in BioValley • logistics • the triple helix

Just north of Amsterdam you find the most versatile agricultural area in Europe. Vegetables, meat, potatoes, fish, fruit, flowers and seeds, all originate from this region. The strong link in this agri-cluster chain is GreenPort Noord-Holland Noord. GreenPort Noord-Holland Noord is home to Northwest Europe’s food garden. A tremendous variety of vegetables, potatoes and fruit makes its way from the land and greenhouses to consumers in both the Netherlands and abroad. GreenPort Noord-Holland Noord is a major supplier of meat and dairy products. Alkmaar is famous for its cheese. 

In addition to all of its fresh food and produce, GreenPort Noord-Holland Noord is also one of the largest production areas in Europe for flower bulb cultivation, floriculture and ornamental horticulture. Seed Valley is world leader in seed breeding.

Innovative strength

The rich tapestry of agriculture and “green” business makes GreenPort Noord-Holland Noord truly unique. With more than 6,500 companies employing 20,000 people and a total production worth more than three billion Euros a year, the agribusiness is one of the economic cornerstones of this region.

The province of North Holland actively invests in the development and innovative character of the agri sector. In terms of knowledge development, GreenPort Noord-Holland Noord has a number of leading research and knowledge institutions and practical training schools.


GreenPort Noord-Holland Noord connects the wide range of agricultural activities and forms a link between the government, entrepreneurs and knowledge institutions.
This “golden triangle” is essential to the strength of the agribusiness as the flywheel of the economy of the Noord-Holland Noord region.

GreenPort Noord-Holland Noord is situated in a highly strategic and useful location:at a junction of international transport, electricity, and communication networks. And it is only thirty minutes by car from the Dutch capital Amsterdam and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; also nearby Den Helder and Amsterdam as important seaports. There are direct connections to other “green ports” in the Netherlands such as Aalsmeer, the leading international center for floriculture and ornamental horticulture. But there are also numerous opportunities for crossovers with other sectors, such as the strong food industry in the Zaan region; the fishing industry in IJmuiden, Enkhuizen and Volendam; and the gas and energy sector around Alkmaar.

With its unique versatility, knowledge and expertise, innovative entrepreneurship as well the tremendous productivity of its agribusiness, GreenPort Noord-Holland Noord is truly the “green gateway” of both the Netherlands and Europe.

Global Challenge

Water, energy and food are inextricably linked in the so-called agri-food-water-energy nexus. Water is needed to generate energy, energy is needed to supply water and water and energy are needed to grow food. World population growth and increasing prosperity only increase the demand for energy, food, and water. This is one of the greatest global issues we face. Entrepreneurs, knowledge institutions and government agencies in the region Noord-Holland Noord work together closely to apply their unique know-how to devise innovative solutions to global challenges.

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Jeroen Noot
Director GreenPort Noord-Holland Noord

Mobile: +31 6 113 253 21
Office: +31 88 123 77 77 

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