Stripes of flowers are a beginning –

Ribbeck (Silvia Passow)
Farmers, they provided us with food, without their daily work, the shelves of the supermarket and our plates were empty. There is hardly any profession whose literal fruits are so vital. At the same time, public perception of agriculture is not going well. Soils on fertilized or leached, spilled pesticides, factory farming. In spite of all the criticisms, at the end of the day, the customers seize cheap goods. Discounters offer real price battles. When the individual product does not yield any product, it must match the amount. A spiral in rotation always faster. Bro. A.Z. The project supports farmers so that there is variety on the ground, the spiral loses its pace.

The farmer Peter Kaim has been involved since 2017 or, as it is technically correct, he is currently in the third vegetation phase of the project. Kaim operates Havellandhof Ribbeck and manages more than 700 hectares of farmland. Winter rape is grown in fields, wheat, barley, rye and corn. 150 dairy cows are in the yard. Kaim operates a 380 kW biogas plant. Next to the farm, there are flower areas to cut. Kaim said, "I want a sustainable circular economy." Bro. A.Z. The project supports him in this. Not according to rigid guidelines, but adapted to the circumstances, scientifically supported and funded by two federal departments. F.R.A.N.Z. stands: For resources, agriculture and nature conservation with a future. Kaims Havellandhof is considered a demonstration farm. For Thorsten Mohr of the state farmer's association, the farm is an excellent example.

Last week, Bundestag member Kirsten Tackmann and MEP Anke Schwarzenberg (both Die Linke) went to the Ribbeck court in Hesse. The "spokespersons of agricultural policy" are convinced that there will be no "keeping pace" in agriculture. Something has to change, but that's only possible with farmers, Tackmann says, calling the project "open-heart surgery". Finally, farmers must be able to work manually, she continues. Tackmann and Schwarzenberg came to the farm as part of their agricultural policy tour. Tackmann regularly visits farmers in their constituency for local information.

At Havellandhof, she is informed of the status of the project. You can already see the mixed crops of corn and green beans. The "band of flowers" deserves the name of "small flowered jungle", as high and dense as the plants grow, some are easily slaughtered at two meters height. Kaim talks about mutating plants in such a band. And it's already humming pretty well. In addition to flowerbands, Kaim created Feldlerchenfenster. Many cereals give way to wild herbs, insects and wild birds. Old grass strips serve as a refuge for insects and birds, while wild bird islands provide nesting opportunities for nesting birds. What measures can be effective for which operations, which is often very different, says Holger pepper from the German Landscape Management Association. "Where there has never been a lark, not necessarily a lark window," he says. This is the particularity of F.R.A.N.Z. It can include many smaller, or even larger measures.

With such a lark window in the field, the flower disintegrates, Kaim gives up the production of this field. And that's where politics comes in. "Politics must create the framework," said Tackmann. And she advises careful and long-term observation of the project. "It's very important to get measurable results quickly, it's a long-term project, it's not the results that have to be evaluated, but the processes," she says. .

But it's not just politicians, but also the action, the consumer is in demand. Johannes Funke, director of the district farmers' association, said: "The farmers in the area do not want state money, they want to make a living with their products". Funke knows similar projects, F.R.A.N.Z. he calls the figurehead. A sign that needs to be more visible, Funke thinks that it makes sense for the consumer to know why he should pay 10 cents more for milk. Part of the success of biodiversity concepts in the field is that consumers support decisions such as those made by Peter Kaim at the supermarket checkout.