GRAND FARM is one of our key partners to restore nature on farmlands in Austria. GRAND FARM is a frontrunning organic farm, running experiments to drive their farm towards regenerative agriculture. As Soil Heroes, we are so happy to work this farm. GRAND FARM sets an example for regenerative agriculture, is ambitious and open in sharing their lessons and strongly believe, just like us, that collaboration is one of the key requirements to transit to regenerative agriculture. We are looking for commercial partners to partner and make that change at GRAND FARM.
Alfred Grand, the founder of GRAND FARM, was trained as a conventional farmer. Alfred's wife, twenty-one years ago, started to complain about the chemicals sprayed on the land during her pregnancy. "Back then, I didn't understand. When I was spraying chemicals, my wife closed all the doors and windows. She already knew chemicals were not good for humans, nor plants or other organisms" says Alfred. Alfred got even more convinced that a new perspective on agriculture was required when he began experimenting with worm composting. "Worms showed me that soils are like sponges. The soil absorbs everything that enters, from chemicals to water and nutrients, which the soil releases to the plants, meaning that the chemicals enter the plant and our food as well" Alfred explains. My wife and the worms gave me the first motivation to convert to regenerative organic farming.
The power of a holistic perspective on farming and collaboration
The philosophy of the GRAND FARM is to see the big, systemic, or holistic picture. Alfred no longer aims for record yields or the highest count in butterflies. Alfred: "We involve people from different sectors, and we want to have an impact on climate, biodiversity, environment, economy, society, and, other aspects of life at the same time. Our philosophy is to disseminate our findings to farmers, decision-makers, and society to upscale the impact of our work".