Brinkholm Landbrugslauget in Zealand, Denmark, is an agricultural cooperative of shared landownership with around 500 cooperatives members. The organization has both environmental and social objectives and was created with the vision of boosting and diversifying local rural economy in the area predominantly run by large-scale farming and a few local employment generating agricultural organizations. Brinkholm practices and promotes ecologically-friendly ways of agricultural production, through producing vegetables, flour, honey and beer. Secondly, it supports small-holder farming opportunities for young landless farmers who can rent agricultural land from Brinkholm on favorable conditions. This allows young farmers to get farming land on non-speculative conditions and develop experimental farming techniques, such as market gardening or regenerative farming. Moreover, the format of the organization encourages community-building, volunteering, participatory governance and local cooperation and networking. Most of the activities, such as vegetables packing and deliveries, PR, accounting, and nature-protection are carried out by working groups of volunteers. Brinkholm collaborates with other farmers and social economy organizations in the region, organizes farming markets and other community events. Brinkholm collaborates with a social economy organization Karise Fund that educates and facilitates integration of young people with special needs in society. Moreover, Brinkholm collaborates with educational institutions and provides opportunities for students to learn and practice new farming techniques.
Contact: Bodil Holm