Kulturland cooperative encourages supporters of community connected organic farms to sign shares or give an additional loans. With this money it buys up farmland and leases it to the farmers on a long term basis. Kulturland is an upscaling of 40 years of experiences with not-for-profit farm ownership associations in Germany. The new elements are the use of share capital in addition to donated capital; a professional management structure; and a multi-farm approach in form of a nationwide umbrella with regional branches.
In the lease contracts we grant everlasting security of tenancy subject to three conditions:
A cooperative shares is 500 €. There is no interest. After a minimum of 5 years, members can withdraw their shares annually on 6 months’ notice. Loans can be secured by a land registry charge.