Vun der Atert Cooperative
Description of Measure and Categorization
The aim of the cooperative is to ensure an independent, fair and transparent food supply, which respects animals, people and nature and avoids long transport routes. This project helps extend the circulation of the regional currency known as the Beki.
There are currently three different active projects in the cooperative:
- Vegetable garden: vegetables are produced for 80 customers on an area of 1 hectare. The total cost (material, rent, wages) are shared among all customers. Payment is taken in advance to guarantee the crop for the season. Each customer pays an amount that is financially and morally appropriate for him. In the end, the required amount must be collected to begin the project. Customers are encouraged to contribute to the garden from time to time voluntarily.
- Cider: the cooperative presses cider with local apples brought by volunteers or private individuals. The press is owned by the cooperative.
- Meat box: Five farmers from the canton produce meat, which is delivered fully processed in a vacuum-tight subscription box to the customers four times a year.
The cooperative is run along the lines of a community-supported agriculture model. The producers do not bear the risk alone and the harvest/production is distributed among the customers