The plantAge eG is the first veggy coop in the Berlin Brandenburg area with the aim of a vegan organic self-sufficiency of its members. Since 2019 we grow veggies on ab out 4,5 ha, potatoes on 2 ha and 2000m2 in foil tunnels. We grow about 40 different vegetable crops for 400 members. Embedded between fruit farmers area, from 2020 onwards, apples will also be grown for members on one hectare. The vegan aspect is important to us because we do not want to harm living beings. Therefore we increasingly work according to the biointensive system. On permanent beds we only work by hand to conserve the structure of the soil and its inhabitants. On the other hand we deepen our mulch cultivation in order to transfer nutrients and to protect the soil from drying out and from erosion. At any time there are about four to six volunteers on site, additionally to the core team of 5 farmers, as we give those interested the perspective to get to know vegan organic farming themselves.
At the moment PlantAge is preparing to be certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard.