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AGRO-FARM GmbH Nauen
Nauen, northwest of Berlin, Germany
AGRO-FARM GmbH Nauen

Good for generations: Today and tomorrow  

Acting sensibly economically and ecologically – this is the principle that Dirk Peters follows when operating his farm AGRO-FARM GmbH in Nauen near Berlin. Every season, the farmer confronts yet again the challenges of combining good harvests with sustainable practices: innovative solutions and projects in the areas of biodiversity and bee health, to groundwater and safety protection, customized advice, and digital services. One such example is the Phytobac® system. This system uses micro-organisms to degrade crop protection residues that occur when sprayer equipment is cleaned.  

 

Dirk Peters’ most important mainstay is renewable energy. Visible from afar, AGRO-FARM GmbH Nauen supports renewable energy. Nestled in fields with windmills, the roofs and open land are dotted with solar panels – but this isn’t enough for Dirk Peters. He also produces raw materials such as oilseed rape for biodiesel and fast-growing trees for firewood pellets, as well as running a biogas plant. In addition to renewable energy, the farm also works to support pollinators and birds. Dirk Peters, together with Bayer, has incorporated flower strips into his fields, providing insects and birds food and shelter. Bee hotels and beetle banks on the farm also support biodiversity. 

  • Location: Nauen, northwest of Berlin, Germany
  • History: The Peters family are fourth-generation farmers in Nauen. AGRO-FARM GmbH Nauen was founded in 1991 
  • Farm size: 2,500 hectares 
  • Primary crops: Winter oilseed rape, corn, winter wheat, winter rye, winter barley, sugar beets, summer oats, soybeans, fast-growing trees, grassland 
  • Notable partnerships: The Institute for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity (ifab) at Mannheim University, local beekeepers and schools, among others
AGRO-FARM GmbH Nauen
I’m a fourth-generation farmer and I’ve never done anything else. When I was six, my father gave me my first hoe and I was considered part of the team. Compared with the time that Grandpa Kahle, my great- great-grandfather, ran the farm, the challenges have changed quite dramatically. That’s why we need competent partners, in-depth specialist knowledge, and viable concepts to be able to farm in a sustainable and economical manner – both now and in the future. I believe that a lot of people who might not be involved in agriculture on a daily basis would like to know how modern agriculture functions in practice nowadays. It is especially important for me to reach them and to inform them about my values and methods. That’s why I create the opportunity on my farm for people to see what modern agriculture is really like: efficient and sustainable.
Dirk Peters
Owner

Ecologically and economically sustainable: Renewable energy 

Visible from afar, Agro-Farm GmbH Nauen supports renewable energy. Nestled in fields with windmills, the roofs and open land are dotted with solar panels – but this isn’t enough for Dirk Peters. He also produces raw materials such as oilseed rape for biodiesel and fast-growing trees for firewood pellets, as well as running a biogas plant. With great success, particularly at times when the price of grain plummets, the farm continues to create steady profits from this main-stay and thus guarantees the jobs of its workforce of more than 20 people. 

 

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