Home base of the N.V. Verenige Cultuur Maatschappijen (N.V. VCM).
The name "Rust en Werk" is the name of a plantation and also the name of the village on the right bank of the River Commewijne. It is best known for its annual Ied UL Fitre (Bodo) event and its beautiful landscape.
The VCM plantations that now consist of Plantage Rust en Werk together with the adjacent plantations Lust tot Rust en Einde Rust, were established around 1750 by Governor Wigbold Crommelin, who at the time was the Governor General in the colony of Suriname, where cotton and sugar cane were originally grown with a few other crops. The largest sugar factory in South America was at rest and work. In the course of the centuries from the time of Crommelin the plantation was sold and transferred to different owners and in 1947 there was a turnaround with the establishment of the N.V. Verenigde Cultuur Maatschappij N.V. and expansion of businesses with more plantations than just Rest and Work. N.V. VCM was bought in 1979 by the current owner Mr. Armand van Alen and has been a flourishing cattle farm ever since. In recent years, the company has expanded and now covers 11 surrounding plantations with a 12th plantation Nut en Schadelijk, better known as Herendijk, which lies further upstream. Since 1987, the Einde Rust plantation has been home to a fish and shrimp company called Comfish.
VCM Plantations is more than just crops and livestock; there is a rich history hidden here with many still present remains. Visitors to the plantation are invited to take a walk through the history of the plantations and to get an idea of the plantations and their inhabitants.
Compare the past with the present and experience the unique entourage. See our flora and fauna in this 5000 HA area and just enjoy life in the beautiful green landscape.
The VCM plantations have so much to offer, from learning about the strategies in our way of breeding and farming to experiencing nature. Come and experience a rich cultural experience that has been developed here on the VCM plantations in the course of time.