Fresh Demeter organic ginger from Gärtnerei Funke

0,50 kg/caisse

Fresh Demeter organic ginger from Gärtnerei Funke

0,50 kg/caisse

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Contenu de la caisse: 1 caisse contient 0.5kg de fresh Demeter organic ginger
Variété: fresh ginger
It will surprise you with its juiciness, intensity and freshness
Fresh Northern German ginger with characteristic spiciness
Organic and biodynamic agriculture, since 2009 with the EU organic label and biodynamic (Demeter) certification
Use the same way as the well-known stored ginger, i.e. for tea, delicious dishes, or in a smoothie
At the beginning of the season it has no or a very thin skin, at the end of the season it is a bit thicker, you can scrape it off or eat it as you like
You can cook the greenish/red stem end in your recipes, but you won't want to eat it because of its fibers
To protect the plants and ensure their growth, this product was grown in green houses
It keeps best in a damp cloth or container in the fridge for up to two weeks
Ginger can also be frozen well or pickled with salt or oil; we will put more detailed instructions for processing in your harvest box
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Stefan Funke
Hello, I'm Stefan and farming sustainably enough for my grandchildren to enjoy for years to come is my calling. That's why I produce vegetables using "heat waste" to create an alternative to buying imported ginger. Ever since we, Silke and Stefan Funke, met in the 1980s, we have been working together to make plants grow and thrive in the garden and in the fields in a way that is sustainable enough to continue for generations. Biodynamic agriculture is one way to achieve this. Thanks to Silke's training as a beekeeper and my training as a gardener, we were always able to complement each other when it came to growing tasty and good-quality vegetables. After many years of working in a larger farm community, we founded our own farm in Mecklenburg in Parum, district of Ludwigslust-Parchim, in 2009. Due to the great demand from people for vegetables, which in northern Germany only grow in greenhouses, it quickly became clear that we wanted to concentrate on these types of vegetables. Greenhouses are a fascinating way to extend the time that plants can grow. Many growth conditions can be optimised and improved. But these opportunities come with great responsibility. Controlling temperature and humidity through heating and ventilation requires great attention. It is also important to keep a close eye on when and how much water is being irrigated. Since the heating of greenhouses requires a lot of energy, we only considered the use of so-called "heat waste". In other words, waste heat that can no longer be used for anything else. We found this possibility with the biogas plant of Parumer Bioenergie. When we founded the company, there were few examples where one could have obtained information. Grass mulch fertiliser in particular often led to situations in which we could not get any further with the known textbook knowledge and had to develop our own solutions. Since Mecklenburg is quite sparsely populated, we see CrowdFarming as a new way of getting in direct contact with our customers without them having to travel long distances.
Gärtnerei Funke
Our biodynamic nursery is located in beautiful Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, about 20 km from the state capital of Schwerin, between Hamburg and Berlin. The location of the nursery with its greenhouses right next to a biogas plant for food waste is since we can use the waste heat generated there to heat the greenhouses. Although the soil there is poor sandy soil, we have been able to improve it in recent years through many soil-building measures. Our aim is to make the soil on which we work ever more fertile. The soil is therefore not exhausted or polluted by the cultivation of vegetables, but is constantly improved through a variety of measures, while at the same time producing high-quality and tasty vegetables. Before we built the greenhouses there, corn had been growing on the area for a long time. Various types of heat-loving vegetables are now growing there, and wild plants between the greenhouses provide a food source for many insects. But let's be honest: Everything seems very technical and busy in and around the nursery. A few comments on this. We live here on the 53rd parallel, as does Canada, southern Alaska, and parts of Siberia. All areas that are not necessarily associated with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, or ginger. And if people who live in these areas still want to eat fresh exotic fruits, then they either have to have them transported long distances or grown in greenhouses, which are large solar collectors, and combined with heating. Both options require energy. In our neighboring biogas plant, waste is recycled, and renewable electrical energy is produced. At the same time, waste heat is produced, which we use in the greenhouses. This involves some technical effort. And at our nursery you can see, hear, and sometimes smell it immediately. Although it looks very technical, the core of our work and our effort is to protect the soil, this thin layer that is the basis of all our life on this planet- not only to preserve it, but to improve and regenerate it and increase diversity so that the soil becomes more fertile while growing healthy and tasty vegetables. In the biogas plant, the energy source for our cultivation, waste from food processing, leftovers or spoiled food are fermented into methane gas. No corn is used as a fermentation substrate in this plant, only waste. The gas engines that are powered by it drive generators that generate electrical energy. The waste heat from cooling the gas engines is then used to heat the greenhouses. To keep the distances for the waste heat water as short as possible, we built the greenhouses close to the biogas plant. We hear it at work and sometimes we smell it too. And although we look more like an industrial area than the idealised image of an organic farm, we enjoy every day how we have managed to continuously improve the soil on a former corn field and how diverse flora and fauna have flourished in the greenhouses. In particular, the world of insects fascinates us again and again. By planting plants that promote beneficial insects, we can support them in a targeted manner and establish them in the greenhouse. It is also very important to us to promote soil life through appropriate measures so that it can contribute to balanced and healthy plant growth. An important measure here is covering the ground with fresh grass clippings or hay. On the one hand, the soil is protected from too much sunlight, and, on the other hand, these organic materials are a constant source of food for earthworms and many other soil creatures. Depending on the imbalance in the soil, weeds can be an indication of what is missing. So, the soil produces the weeds that help it to regenerate. We picked that up and spontaneously greened the paths between the plants with the weeds that appear there. These penetrate the soil intensively and thus partially take over the tasks of a cover crop or crop rotation. So that the weeds do not get out of hand, they are regularly mowed above ground. In addition to ginger, we also grow peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. We grow a variety of salad greens in winter. While we have plenty of waste heat available, there still needs to be a balance between available sunlight and temperature. That's why we only grow lettuce in winter that is happy with less light and only needs to be kept frost-free. We always like to try out new crops. This is how ginger came into our business a few years ago. A special feature of our nursery is the use of grass clippings to fertilise the vegetables. A mixture of grass, clover and herbs has been growing on our meadow for many years. These plants are mowed regularly from May, driven into the greenhouses, and distributed between the plants. For this reason, we have hardly had to buy any organic fertilisers since the nursery was founded in 2009. Finely ground rock flour is regularly added to supply trace elements. In addition, we apply clay powder to the areas every year to improve the very sandy soil. By using the biodynamic compounds, we bring the growth in the plant and the exchange of the roots with the soil into a harmonious relationship. Since the cultivation areas are protected from natural precipitation by the greenhouses, no rainwater reaches the plants directly. The rainwater can seep into the grass next to the greenhouses and thus continues to fill up the water table. To water the plants, we use water from our own well through nozzle pipes or drip irrigation. It is also watered regularly from above to increase the humidity, which the tropical ginger likes very much. Except for the gentle cultivation of the soil with a spading machine pulled by a small tractor, all work in the greenhouses is done by hand. Mowing and transporting the grass clippings is also done with the tractor. The harvest is purely manual work. The plants are dug up, the foliage is cut off and the fine roots are removed from the rhizomes. Then the ginger is washed and sorted. We pay particular attention to the fact that only healthy rhizomes are selected. The sorted-out rhizomes can still be processed, especially into juice. The cut leaves are composted like all other organic waste at the nursery. At work, Silke and Stefan each have their own priorities. Stefan takes care of the technology, organisation, and marketing. Silke's focus is on the cultivation of crops and the use and promotion of beneficial insects. Bookkeeping is also one of her responsibilities. Planting, harvesting, and mulching are often joint actions. Five permanent employees from the surrounding villages have found jobs with us that are subject to social security contributions. Some of them have been with us for 9 years.
Information technique
Adresse
Gärtnerei Funke, Dümmer, DE
Altitude
50 m
Équipe
2 women, 5 men
Superficie
6.4 ha
Techniques de culture
Biodynamic and Organic Farming
Irrigation
drip and sprinkler tubes irrigation
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