dried Demeter goji berries
Von Mentzingen
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The project

Adopt two goji plants from the farm "Von Mentzingen" in Neuenstadt (Germany) and receive your harvest in the form of dried Demeter goji berries at home. The Farmer Katja will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt two goji plants from the farm "Von Mentzingen" in Neuenstadt (Germany) and receive your harvest in the form of dried Demeter goji berries at home. The Farmer Katja will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
With us you can adopt two goji bushes. In 2016, we were one of the first companies in Germany to set up a goji berry plantation on our Demeter hills in the south of Germany. This company has been a Demeter farm since the 1980s. This is where goji berries of the Turgidus variety grow - a special cultivation from our region, whose berries are particularly sweet and contain little bitterness. Like a vine, it is a permanent crop and can be harvested for up to 20 years. Our first full harvest will take place in 2020. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your bush. The goji berry originally comes from Asia and has been an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 2000 years. The goji berries are very small and are all harvested by hand and carefully selected. Immediately after the harvest, only the good, i.e. ripe and undamaged berries come to us on the farm in drying ovens and are gently dried at around 40 ° C within 48-60 hours. In this way, valuable ingredients remain. We sort out damaged berries, they fall to the ground and are taken up again in the natural material cycle. Two goji plants produce an average of 1.5kg of goji berries, which are turned into 500g of dried Demeter goji berries per season.
What will you receive?
Each season, after having harvested your dried Demeter goji berries, we will send you a box with: __1 x dried Demeter goji berries (500g, paper bag)__ Our dried berries are natural, without further additives and not sulphurized. The taste is very sweet with a slight aroma of dates and figs. The texture reminds of the texture of a raisin. You can enjoy the goji berries for a year in cool, dry and light-protected storage. We recommend half a tablespoon a day, as a snack, in muesli or in a salad. We also use them in hearty cooked dishes, there are no limits to your imagination. Depending on the season's weather, the taste, color and size of the berries are slightly different.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. The goji plant belongs to the nightshade family and is botanically related to the tomato. This also explains that ripe red and unripe green berries, as well as blossoms, hang on one shrub at the same time over the entire harvest period. This enables us to harvest the berries from late June until well into October. The end of the harvest is determined either by the frost or the then shorter days and the lack of light. After the harvest, the berries are dried, packaged and sent to you.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
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How does it work?

Meet the Farmers

Meet the Farmers

Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

Let the Farmer and nature work

Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

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Katja von Mentzingen
My agricultural story begins with my brother's wedding. At that time I was at the end of my studies in tourism business administration and my plans for the future layed in the big wide world. At the wedding I met a long-time friend of my brother's and only two years later we got married. Shortly afterwards, my husband took over the parental farm. Today we have four daughters and we live happily here in a small Swabian town in southern Germany. However, I never let my eyes take on the world. With great curiosity, I observe agricultural developments worldwide and have a great interest in valuable and enriching agricultural products from other parts of the world, from which we in Europe can also benefit. The shared joy of working in and with nature and the love for it have united my husband and me from the beginning. We both share the joy of high-quality food, good cooking and appreciate the down-to-earthness that our work entails. Together we worked on the further development of our company and also looked at the possibilities of organic agriculture. In 2016 I took over one of the oldest Demeter farms in the region. My husband also takes care of the practical things in my company. He now has over thirty years of professional experience and is seriously interested in a good, innovative and future-oriented path for agriculture. We want to walk new ways together and find solutions for a sustainable and more environmentally friendly agriculture. In search of a valuable, up-to-date product for our 16th generation agriculture, we came across the Gojiberry. Enthusiastic about the myth surrounding the berry, the valuable ingredients and the taste, our decision was quickly made. The fact that the delicious berry has so far been imported almost exclusively from China confirmed us. Now we have: Gojiberries "made in Germany".
Katja von Mentzingen

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Von Mentzingen
Von Mentzingen
Our company "Gojiberries v. Mentzingen" is located in southern Germany, in the hilly landscape in the north of Baden-Württemberg, in Neuenstadt am Kocher. We live in one of the warmest regions in Germany and the ripening of the gojiberries benefit from our temperatures and sunshine. The landscape is characterized by varied agriculture and beautiful mixed forests. In the 16th generation, my husband's family lives on and with agriculture, at that time it was, as was customary in the past, a traditional mixed farm with cattle, and later there was a growing trend towards agriculture. Each generation has different priorities and only constant change and adaptation to current society needs has ensured its survival to this day, such as growing asparagus at the moment. Since we took over the company, we have been looking for a future-oriented type of agriculture that keeps an eye on the ecological aspects as well as the economy. Our origin lies in traditional conventional agriculture. In 2016 we had the opportunity to take over one of the oldest Demeter companies in our area as an extension. Both my husband and I were at the local Waldorf school during our school days, so Rudolf Steiner's ideas were not foreign to us and we accepted the takeover as a challenge and enrichment of our agricultural work. In search of a new and innovative product for our Demeter company, we came across the Goji berry, which has only become known in recent years. We are the first company in Germany to grow berries according to Demeter guidelines and to dry berries grown in Germany. Our three goji berry fields have a total area of ​​approx. 3 hectares. If it is necessary due to the weather, we water the plants with water from the stream stove by means of drip irrigation. So far we have not had to use crop protection. If pests occur, we will try to control them by using beneficial insects. In addition to the goji berries, we have two small orchards with very old trees. Insects, birds and bats find shelter here. Grasses and nettle are allowed to grow here all year round. During the season, my husband and I receive support from our long-term seasonal workers, who we pay well above the minimum wage from the third month onwards.
Technical information
Address
Von Mentzingen, Neuenstadt, DE
Altitude
184m
Team
4 women and 6 men
Size
7,5 hectares
Cultivation technique
Demeter
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location