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COVID-19 salute: Dutch farmer pays unique tribute to healthcare workers in the frontlines

Many of us have seen how “frontline” health workers are being hailed and thanked by members of the communities where they are live in several countries during the COVID-19 outbreak. Now here is an example of a different and unique kind of salute to healthcare professionals in these times…

Piet-Jan van der Eijk, son of an arable farmer, “drew” a huge heart in his family’s onion field near the town of Dronten in The Netherlands – “as a goodwill gesture of support and thanks for all healthcare workers,” he says.

Piet-Jan van der Eijk in the process of “drawing”
the heart in his onion field

Journalist Ruth van Schriek with the Dutch based ag website Akkerwijzer reports that the Aeres student drew the heart (said to be roughly 200m wide) with the help of GPS and a tractor drawn high speed harrow in one of his family’s onion fields. 

Van der Eijk: “I just wanted to do something for healthcare; to give them recognition and honour them. I took pictures of the heart with a drone. And you won’t believe how many planes and helicopters have already flown over it! ”

Van der Eijk says he will remove the heart by the end of the week. “The environment has not suffered from it, nor has the crop that is growing in the field. The onions will be fine and be there just like usual when harvest time comes. ”

Source: Akkerwijzer (in Dutch language)
Free translation by PNT
Images: Piet-Jan van der Eijk

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