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!
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How we farm

The story of our farm’s journey also began with arable farming. When Benedikt stood in front of one of the vast grain fields in 2018, after two summers of drought and looked at the golden acres in the midday heat. The soft rustling of the wheat in the wind, the sandy soil that slowly flew away and he realized: nothing here was working. Technology alone would not be the answer to revive nature here, no drone can bring life back into to the soil.

Since then, our guiding question has been: how can we transform this large-scale agriculture while creating resilient ecosystems?

The answer lies in the soil. Every day and with each season, we try to think our models of land use further, to expand multi-functionality. One of our answers is using diverse agroforestry systems.

"We want to understand how to build healthy and resilient ecosystems while transforming large-scale agriculture. "

Bastian von Kampen

Farm manager
Bastian is often seen dashing around the farm with Lotta, his Australian shepherd. He has many years of experience in large-scale agriculture and has brought an eye for the big picture to all our projects – from the smallest of plans to our very vast fields. From sowing to harvesting, leading the farming team, to pasture management and grain variety selection – as our farm manager – he is responsible for everything and everyone involved.

Maik Kemnick

Maik is our man for machines, patiently repairing and maintaining them with a lot of know-how. He is from the area and completed his training as a farmer in 2015. Since then, he has been a permanent and indispensable part of the Gut&Bösel team. When our grain is being harvested, you can usually see him in the combine – with his dog Loki on his lap.

"We want to work with nature, not against it."

About no-till and flower strips

We grow our various crops in a six- to seven-crop rotation – spelt, wheat, triticale, rye, spring and winter barley, oats, sunflowers, lupines, alfalfa and corn.

Our goal: year-round ground cover and the most vibrant, healthy soil possible. Legumes such as alfalfa, clover and lupin are of great importance for this, as they enrich the quality of the soil by binding atmospheric nitrogen. They are grown permanently on around one-third of the farm’s land to rest the soil.

Instead of using artificial and industrially produced fertilizers, we make our own compost, dress our seeds with compost extract and graze our cows over our farmland: in summer on perennial arable forages and in winter on undersown crops and catch crops.

In this way, we save energy and fertilize our soils directly, thus closing our nutrient cycle. Intercropping and undersowing crops play a significant role in protecting the soil from erosion over the long winter period and providing grazing opportunities.
For blooming landscapes: We currently have around 500,000 square meters of biodiversity strips integrated into our arable farming, with the specific focus on increasing biodiversity above and below the soil.


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


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.


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.

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.