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Support Jasper and his family project

Market Gardening farm in North Rhine-Westphalia that uses agroforestry and permaculture methods for sustainably intensifying production

Location: North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Produce: Supplying 90 Community-Supported-Agriculture (CSA) boxes of vegetables and fruits weekly - plums, cherries, apples, peaches, quinces and more

How Do They Contribute to a Better Climate?

Rotational Grazing with Chickens

Nearly 250 hens moved over the year through the pastures. They flatten the grass, creating mulch for keeping water and organisms in the ground, ensuring soil protection across the entire land

Agroforestry in the market garden

Innovating in stacking functions on their small plot for intensifying production. Trees work the soil with their roots and from a higher strata they provide shade to sensitive horticulture crops

"Egg-Mobile"

Efficient egg collection system. Chickens can lay many more eggs if they have a happy life.

about the farm

Jasper ended up unexpectedly in farming. Having grown up in a farm in Northern Ireland, he never would have thought he would return to farming in the future, until he stumbled upon permaculture though an internship.

As soon as they saw an opportunity to acquire their own plot of land, Jasper decided to move onto the German countryside for love – to Ana and farming. They started the project with his father-in-law in Anna’s home region. While he restores the buildings and the infrastructure, Jasper and Anna work the land. Annas father is really engaged, therefore advancements in the farm happen really fast.

In the near future, they wish to intensify production in a regenerative way two hectares plot by incorporating a new “Kollege” into their farm – a cow, or if possible two.

Their shop not only sells a broad variety of products from the farm, but also incorporates produce from farmers in the locality and contributes to establishing farmer marketing linkages in the region.

What else is going on?

Chicken-"Kollegen"

Jäsper considers his beloved chickens his colleges and takes good care of his little feathered helpers

Returning to Agriculture

Although Jasper grew up in a farm in Northern Ireland, he never thought he would become a farmer until he stumbled upon permaculture

Small is beautiful

One of the main lessons Jäsper has learned on his farm is starting small. "I started with far too much, asparagus chickens and market garden". It was way too much for the start, so now we left the asparagus aside”
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