MARTINSHOF - A FARM IN NORTH SAARLAND
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The Martinshof was founded in 1984 by Klaus Ott, already retired (and father of Monika Kempf) and the young agricultural student Gerhard Kempf.
From an existing hobby-sheep-keeping they wanted to build a Bioland farm with cows, sheep, goats, chicken, rabbits and geese in the idyllic Ostertal. The initial 15ha of agriculture were extended to meadows and farmland. And a vegetable growing with 2 greenhouses was added.
Today, about 30 years later, the agriculture has specialized in milk goats and a mother-cow herd.
The farm's own goat's dairy produces fresh milk, yoghurt, quark and fresh cheese. As one of the first Bioland butcheries in the Saarland, Martinshof produces sausages, ham and fresh meat from lamb, beef, pork, game, veal and poultry.
In 2007 the Martinshof was awarded the first prize of the "Förderpreis ökologischer Landbau" as a model organic farm by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
Today, about 40 people work on the farm every day. They produce, pick, pack and deliver the Martinshof products with the BioBus to Luxembourg, neighboring France and Rhineland-Palatinate.