For decades the old merchant town of Hamburg has pursued a policy of buying up agricultural land inside and outside the city limits to be able to influence city development. In 1989/1994 the city opted for the conversion of three large estates in its ownership to organic farming.
Gut Wulksfelde Farm is one of those three farm estates. Over the years, it has developed as a large, multi-functional farm of 260 hectares. It produces grain, vegetables, cattle, hogs, geese and chicken. It employs about 50 people on the farm, and through on-farm activities: food processing (bakery), farm shop and educational activities.
The city’s support for the three estates consists mainly in offering long term (30-40 year) leases on favourable terms, and in investing in additional buildings. The farmers established their business as a limited company (GmbH).
Read more: a case study on Hamburg City estates, 2012