Subscription Based Farming In Germany
German startup Meine Ernte is combining the ideas of community supported agriculture (CSA) with yard-sharing and public gardening.
- 8 april 2010
German startup Meine Ernte is combining the ideas of community supported agriculture (CSA) with yard-sharing and public gardening, to create a subscription-based model that enables people to rent personal plots of farming land near six German cities, including Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Bonn. Building on the popularity of the local food movement, the service has designed easy and convenient way for people to take a hand in growing their own vegetables, providing everything needed from water and tools to expert advice on site.
The model has essentially taken an operating farm and devised an simple method for subdividing it. At the beginning of the season, a professional farmer plants the year’s crops in horizontal rows, which are then parceled out vertically into individual allotments. From there, members take over, tending to their own gardens. This scheme gives every member the opportunity to care for a variety of 20 different vegetables and flowers, with space left over to grow anything else they might want.
Plots range in size from 50 (couples) to 150 (families) square meters and cost between 149 euros (~$200) and 433 euros (~$575) for the season.
CNN recently profiled the business in a video below.
[image via the bittenworld on Flickr]