Johannes Hohenester – Altdorf

"Don't fuck about it, then don't worry about it"

The 130-hectare Buchenthal farm has been owned by Johannes Hohenester's family since 1568. In addition to oats, grain millet is also grown there, and they also have 1,200 places for fattening pigs.

Johannes gets help at work from his family and an employee. Depending on the year, they also have an apprentice at their farm. Since the switch to organic in 1991, attention has been paid to consistent catch crop cultivation before summer. The use of leonardite (humic lignite precursor) is intended to increase the humus content.

The Naturland farmer has to face the challenge of annual fluctuations and climatic stresses, but that is exactly what he likes about organic farming. And the Barnhouse partnership is also close to Johannes' heart. "The familial and non-anonymous community still gives hope that the classic family business/extended family business has a future and not only degression effects lead to the selection of super businesses," he explains.