The name and the people

La Ventana is a Spanish word that literally means 'window'. The word is related with notions of ventilation, wind, freshness and openings.

Hans and Rinske Schiere are both born in 1949 and they have 3 children. They have degrees (MSc & PhD) in agriculture from the Wageningen University where they graduated in the mid seventies. After living abroad from 1975 to 1985 they now run the combination of a consultancy firm and guesthouse. Hans continues to work in (international) consulting, advising and publishing. Both Rinske and Hans are motivated to find new ways towards sustainable farming and lifestyles. (See also

Note: After living in Bennekom for some 30 years we sold our house as per March 31st (2017). We are looking for a new place where we can pursue the same ideals in a new way. We stopped renting rooms and the consulting continues at low key. In the course of this summer 2017 we hope to post new messages here on this site, e.e. about where we hope to live in the next many years. Our phone number will be +31-6-29562054 (cell) and our mail address continues as 

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