„Only sustainability is sustainable“
„For perhaps 150 years, people have begun to see growth as a prerequisite for prosperity. And since that time, all prosperity has been based on exploitation. Starting with the earth itself with its natural resources, the soil, the animals and finally the people. If we put sustainability above growth again, exploitation would disappear.“, explains Rainer Hundmeyer. He completely converted his own farm – the Biohof Hundmeyer – to organic farming in 2015.
„My incentive as an organic farmer is to constantly improve the soil through my cultivation and to produce food from it, which is important to keep people healthy or to make them healthy.“, explains the Bioland-Farmer.
Since the beginning of his training as a farmer in the late 80s, Rainer has steadily intensified his business – as he had learned during his training and is still doing it conventionally today.
“At some point, it became clear to me that all parties involved, in particular agricultural chemistry, get more from me than i get from them and that I am only their handler, who also takes on all the criticism of society for its unscrupulous business conduct. Today I’m fascinated by what nature can do if you just let it. I am happy from what nature gives us for free.“
Family relationship with Barnhouse
With the processors of their organic products, the family ties more than just a partnership relationship. „In particular, Barnhouse strives to maintain a true family atmosphere with us suppliers. In addition to a very fair price we receive for our grain, we are always invited as guests to various events, with the aim of strengthening our connection“, says Rainer.
In addition to arable farming, the farm focuses on dairy farming. From the milk of the cows, Rainer has cheese produced, which is then sold together with the meat and recently also sausage of his pasture animals via various farm shops.
„During the holding on the farm until finally the slaughter, it is important to us to see the animal as a being with feelings and fears. That’s why I transport all the animals myself with the car trailer, wich they already know from before, to two butchers who treat the animals carefully and compassionately before slaughter.“
In a small setting, Rainer and his family – his wife Alexandra, the children and Rainer’s parents – are also trying to grow a mountain woman’s coat for Salus/Herbaria.