Here you can read more about why Andelsgaarde was founded, who our members and board are, and delve into our statutes and values.
Andelsgaarde is a new Danish co-operative movement (andelsbevægelse) with the goal to buy, rebuild and lease farms to cultivate land regeneratively in a modern and sustainable way. We are doing our part to reduce the climate and biodiversity crisis and to produce more healthy food, while also giving nature more space. The association was founded in 2018, acquired its first farm in 2019 and surpassed its first 2,000 members in 2021.
For your monthly membership fee you, get the title of farm owner and a vote at the annual general meeting. At the same time you get the opportunity to actively participate in the work on the farms, take part in social activities such as talks, community dinners and harvest festivals. And you will have the chance to buy good vegetables from the skilled stewards at your farms – they sell both at the farms and markets.
Or you can simply become a paying member because you want to make a difference for nature and the climate.
We have rethought the old cooperative model, where you typically paid DKK 10,000, 50,000 or 100,000 for a share. With us, the membership has replaced the cooperative certificate. We pay DKK 150 a month, and that way we are continuously saving up for a new farm and more land. Without pesticides and with the establishment of forest farming, biodiversity forest and much more.
We got the idea for a new scalable share model from the fitness industry. In Denmark, there are over 800,000 Danes who pay around DKK 150 per month for a fitness membership. We thought, why not supplement that with a membership of Andelsgaarde, so we can all become farm owners and tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis?
Naive? Perhaps, but if you had asked a scientist or a fortune-teller 30 years ago whether they thought over 800,000 Danes would venture into a gym, the answer would probably have been no. It is migration on the same scale as when women entered the labour market.
We want to restart the cooperative movement and work our way out of the climate and biodiversity crisis together. One farm at a time. Maybe you are thinking the same thing. If so, we would love to have you join us!
The CO2 footprint of Andelsgaarde must be neutral, but preferably negative. We work to increase biodiversity and to give more back to nature than we take.
We aim for all cooperative farms to have a 50/50 split between nature and vegetable and fruit production.
Andelsgaarde also works towards financial sustainability which means that we cannot have significant debt and that any surplus must be invested in acquisitions or new leasing agreements with the goal of converting more land to organic, biodynamic or other sustainable agriculture.
We strive to be socially sustainable, for example by keeping the cost of membership of the association so low that most people can join.
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Andelsgaarde has a democratically elected board of directors and an association director, who together make day-to-day decisions. Members can submit proposals and good ideas. But we are not going to vote on what colour the chickens should be, or whether the farms should be white or red. If that were the case, we would never get out of the starting blocks.
Yes, that is the plan in time. In the beginning, there may be only occasional opportunities to pitch a tent. But we are planning to set up holiday homes, shelters, etc. so that it is possible to stay on the farms for shorter or longer periods.
No, because whether we are blue or red, we have a duty to give our children a green world with clean drinking water, pesticide-free food and rich animal life.
We will never carry out industrial livestock in the traditional sense. But it can always make sense to have a small group of livestock on the farm to keep its nutrient cycles closed. We will always work to support wild birdlife on the farm, and insects and butterfly life will always be a priority. We want the animals to live good lives in the outdoors with space and opportunity to express their natural instincts.
We grow vegetables and fruit on all our farms and many different kinds and many different varieties. We also establish forest farms/gardens and raise biodiversity forests. In this way, we increase biodiversity and bind CO2. We never use pesticides and our stewards are either organically certified or in the process of becoming so.
Yes, we are happy to accept donations, but please note that donations are not tax-deductible at this time. Donations can be made via MobilePay to 18013.
Yes, you can volunteer for Andelsgaarde. You can sign up for volunteer workdays, where anyone who wants to can help out in the fields on our farms. It’s always nice and good for the mind to get out in the fresh air. You can find announcements of volunteer workdays in the newsletters or under ‘What’s on’ here on the website. You can also sign up for one of the volunteer groups. Read more under ‘Members’.