September 27, 2022

Within the German district of Oderland, to the east of Berlin, lives a gaggle of people that imagine in another method to farming, and another means of working.

At ‘Hofcollective Bienenwerder’ as much as 14 individuals from totally different generations reside and work on an natural farm following the idea of community-supported agriculture, a precept primarily based on a partnership between farmers and shoppers to share danger and reward. In Germany, this precept is named ‘solidarity agriculture’.

“The solidarity agriculture precept goals for farmers and vegetable store homeowners to work in cooperation with shoppers,” explains JoJo, who lives and works on the farm. “So if there’s a unhealthy harvest, one thing sure to occur an increasing number of usually because of local weather change, the farmers can survive financially. Shoppers often pay a hard and fast month-to-month worth all 12 months lengthy, for which they obtain greens.”

The farm’s natural greens are delivered on to shoppers within the surrounding areas and in Berlin, in addition to to collectively-run natural outlets within the metropolis. The ambition of Hofkollektiv Bienenwerder is to make natural meals at an inexpensive worth.

Hofkollektiv Bienenwerder is organised and not using a hierarchical construction, the motto on their web site reads: “No Masters, No Servants”. Each resolution is made collectively of their weekly assembly.

“In the long run, it is a enterprise that we run collectively,” says resident and employee Marek. “It’s this division of labor executed kind of on a free foundation however out of duty. The sensation of duty for myself and for everyone else.”

Along with natural vegetable cultivation, the farm additionally retains cows, goats, horses, chickens, geese and bees. Significance is positioned on sustainable use of the land and soil.

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