Compost is life! And soil is the basis of all our work. That’s why we have our own compost department, which takes care of all our microorganisms and nutrient cycles.

From small to big

If you asked Laurenz how he would describe his job, he would proudly says that he turns shit into gold. He uses a wide variety of waste products from our farm – from organic waste, to game bones, to leaves from our park – and turns them into compost. This compost retains a diverse biology contributed to by the entire farm. The many uses of our compost include going into the young trees in our tree nursery, the newly planted rows of trees in the agroforestry and to the seeds for farming.

With our compost we want to help the soil as quickly as possible to more life, more diversity and more humus. Healthy soil also allows us to produce healthier, more nutrient-rich food and sequester CO2 in the soil.

Many of our compost trials are scientifically accompanied by different partners and extensively documented by us. In this way, we want to ensure that we achieve measurable Results on our soil health and our compost in order to make them available to other farmers. available to be able to put Here in Alt Madlitz we have
below 2% humus and extremely low diversity of biology in the soil

If we can help this soil become healthier, so can others.
We try to implement everything with simple and available means, so that as many farmers as possible can implement these methods and the soil can benefit from them.

"Compost is magic! Waste becomes a valuable resource, the basis of all life."

Laurenz von Glahn

Microorganism and nutrient cycle manager
He has worked out the subject of compost completely on his own and is now our expert and manager for nutrient cycles and our smallest team members – the microorganisms. Compost is life and definitely a science in itself, a magical one for Laurenz. From bokashi to seed dressing, it enriches all areas of our farm.

"Compost offers the opportunity to create an extremely rich and diverse biology on a small scale and transfer it to a large scale. "

Small but mighty

Fermenting manure, making compost, dressing seeds and vitalizing plants – that’s the everyday life of a composter. Laurenz’s big challenge: to supply 1000 hectares of arable land with the smallest microorganisms.

One solution: seed dressing. This is where seeds are inoculated with a relatively small amount of basic compost, which has a particularly large diversity of microorganisms and living organisms. By doing this, a large amount of important microorganisms are added to the seeds at the time of sowing. Among other things, this prevents us having to drive over our fields with heavy machinery. In addition, we also inoculate our large compost with this mixture, giving it ingredients that it would otherwise not develop on its own.


We conduct on-farm research with our Finck Foundation. We use Gut&Bösel's land to test and develop regenerative, multifunctional forms of land use. With the goal of finding solutions for food systems that are now threatened as never before by climate change, degraded soils, loss of biodiversity and species diversity, and the loss of the relationship between humans and nature and between urban and rural areas.

Landscape park

The park in Madlitz, with its large oak trees and mighty chestnuts, is the oldest English landscape park in Brandenburg.


We manage 2000 hectares of forest, much of which are 40–60-year-old pine monocultures, on very poor sandy soils which are far from groundwater. Our goal: to create a multifunctional mixed forest that is climate resilient and diverse.

Tree nursery

Our Syntropic tree nursery is a hybrid between an agroforestry system and a sustainable tree nursery: an ecosystem on its own and at the same time the basis of our future agroforestry systems

Crop production

Alt Madlitz has a very long tradition of arable farming. Today we grow a wide variety of cereals in a six- to eight-part crop rotation, with undersown crops, catch crops and biodiversity strips. Always with soil as the focus!


Trees are the future! According to the principles of Syntropic agriculture, we have created six agroforestry systems on our farm. They increase soil fertility, help protect our fields against wind and water erosion, ensure cleaner groundwater, store carbon, moderate the microclimate and promote biodiversity.

Holistic grazing

Cows for the climate! Cows for the climate! Our Salers and Angus herd grazes on our farmland, helping us to sustainably regenerate our soil and promote biodiversity.