“At Hitzacker, we the farmers stand up for what is important to us: we want we want to grow products for the locality without needing to use synthetic fertilizers nor pesticides”
In Germany and many other places in the world, small-scale ecological agriculture has no way to compete against agroindustrial farms, but “when farmers get together in solidarity, with idealism and social acknowledgement, then we can transform our current food paradigm”. Hence, with determination, farmers from the Elbe decide to organize into a large Solidary Agriculture Network for ensuring regional supply of healthy foods.
Julia and Jonas decided to settle down and start a Market gardening project. They found a plot of land which had not been used for the last 15 years, as it was considered to be “too small” for a farm and “too close to the city”, thus, “unsuited for agricultural use”. Instead of limitations, Julia and Jonas saw in this land the perfect opportunity for strating a market garden.
Although they had their doubts about starting a CSA project, as they heard from other Market Gardners that it can become very overwhelming. Determined to take up on the challenge, they said “we will see how it (CSA) goes for us!”. “It is just a matter of starting!. That is how we did it”.
They established their project in 2020. Already in the first season, they were already supplying 45 households with fresh vegetables. At the end of the first season they reached 65 CSA supporting members.
“Ecological farming has no way to compete against agroindustrial agriculture in Germany, but when farmers get together in solidarity, with idealism and social acknowledgement, then we can transform our current food paradigm”