History and milestones

1990

» A group of dedicated Brodowin citizens defined their aim to conserve Brodowins unique nature through organic farming methods. The author and citizen, Raimar Gilsenbach, was the first to coin the phrase “Ökodorf Brodowin” – Brodowin eco-village. The Brodowin farming co-operative decided to shift their attention to organic agriculture and follow the guidelines of the Demeter association by using bio-dynamic farming methods in the future.

1991

» Due to  political changes and the peaceful revolution of 1989, new corporate laws needed to be established.  Former agricultural co-operatives – for animal husbandry “8 May Brodowin” and plant husbandry “Lüdersdorf” – merged to form the agricultural co-operative “Ökodorf Brodowin EG”.

» On 27 June 1991, the new enterprise “Ökodorf Brodowin Landwirtschafts GmbH & Co. KG” was formed which would take over the future management and succession plan of the farm. . With high capital expenditure, it completed the transition to bio-dynamic agriculture and developed new divisions of operations. The farmland included areas in the districts of Brodowin, Serwest and Buchholz.

1992

» The first conservation projects began. First, alleyways were lined with about 500 Oak, Pollard Willow and fruit trees. Then, in order to avoid erosion and promote biotope networks, 2.6 km of hedges were planted.

1993

» The cow barn was altered and newly constructed to meet essential Demeter-requirements.
» The mixing-facility – which is the heart of every Demeter farm – was newly constructed.
» Dairy processing began.
» The agricultural technology and grain storage facilities were modernised.
» The farm shop, “Hofladen”, was opened.

1994

» The farm’s dairy was altered and new elements were constructed.
» The first Demeter-milk was bottled and produced for the organic market.
» Cheese production was incorporated.
» Vegetable cultivation began.

1995

» The first “Brodowiner Ökokörbe” (Eco Baskets) were sent out. From this point on Brodowin would deliver milk, cheese and fresh Brodowin vegetables to the regions of Berlin, Bernau and Eberswalde.
» A barn for calves was erected.
» Our first “Hoffest” (Farm festival) took place on 10 June 1995.

1996

» Land consolidation in the district of Brodowin began.
» The brand new greenhouse was built where 2000m² of vegetables would be cultivated.

1997

» The dairy was turned into an independent enterprise: “Meierei GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG”.
» Mozzarella production was included.

2001

» The farm shop and the distribution of eco-baskets were reorganised within the enterprise (“Ökodorf Brodowin GmbH & Co. Vertriebs KG”).
» Brodowin’s first beef-salami was produced.

2003

» For the first time Brodowin products could be ordered via our online shop.

2004

» An oil press was bought and the production of cooking oils began.
» For the first time, the dairy started processing on of the local family (Pörschke’s) goats milk as cottage cheese.
» For conservation measures and to connect biotopes, 2.3 km of hedges were planted.

2006

» With the beginning of the new financial year on 1 July 2006 Dipl.-Ing. agr. Ludolf von Maltzan overtook the function of majority shareholder and managing director for all of Ökodorf Brodowin companies.

2007

» Brodowin became a founding member of the “fair & regional” charter for the provinces of Berlin and Brandenburg.
» In addition to the milk bottle, Brodowin’s eco-friendly milk sachet (40% chalk based) was newly introduced. The sachet resulted in only one third of the waste production of conventional, disposable packaging.
» An overgrown orchid meadow was rejuvenated as a conservation measure.
» The distribution service of Brodowin’s eco-basket was modernised and a packaging warehouse was established.

2008

» The extension and renovation of Brodowin’s farm shop would opened up new opportunities to appeal to a wider variety of consumers. It enabled us to expand our range of products, e.g. in the summer were able to offer our homemade ice cream produced from fresh Brodowin milk. We were also able to offer artesian coffees, cakes and other delicacies.
» A consistent corporate identity was developed for the brand “Ökodorf Brodowin” and its own website was designed.
» An effective crop rotation was implemented for cultivating the land: 5 year crop rotation on (more) fertile areas and a 4 year crop rotation on sandy soils. From here on out about 40% of the area was cultivated with revitalising clover leaves.
» A huge winter habitat area of 2000m² was established for bats, including rare bat species
» The eco-friendly milk sachet (500ml, 40% chalk based) was introduced as an alternative to our disposable 1L milk bottle.

2009

» Ökodorf Brodowin grew in size with the addition of each goat herd. About 200 goats have found a home in the empty pigsties located in Weißensee, an area of Brodowin. These were rebuilt to accommodate the goats’ needs and were fitted with a milking plant.
» Our dairy produced the first batch of Brodowin’s fresh goat milk in the 500ml, eco-friendly and 40% chalk-based packaging.
» We produce our first goat cheese in brine, modelled on Feta
» An additional warehouse, in Bernau, was rented in order to improve the logistics of the “Brodowiner Ökokorb” (Eco-basket) distribution service. This reduced transit distances and the mobility provided greater efficiency.

2010

» Our solar power system located on the roof of our machine hall and calf stable was inaugurated. It has a total output is at 242.42 kW and results in reduction of about 140t of CO2 emissions per annum.
» We introduced more products to the market: our semi-hard goats’ cheese and our goat kid salami.

2011

» Our new dairy was completed with a modern, transparent manufacturing facility which is housed behind a large glass panel.
» We started keeping poultry and installed two mobile chicken coops on one of our large fruit tree meadows. The coops are large enough for 400 chickens. The eggs are sold in our farm shop and via our delivery service “Brodowiner Ökokorb” (Brodowin Eco-basket).

» We were awarded runner-up at the 8th DKB Agricultural Awards. The 2011 theme was “Foundations for sustainable enterprise development”.

 

2012

» We launched products such as; Roter Brodowiner Weichkäse (Brodowin’s soft cheese), Brodowin Bauernkäse (Brodowin farm cheese) and the Brodowin Salami assortment.
» 35 new milk bottle labels were designed by children from Berlin in a public initiative in co-operation with the Atze Music Theatre.
» The “Ökodorf Brodowin Foundation for Nature Conservation, Ecology and Social Affairs” was established. Its objectives included the promotion and improvement of nature conservation and landscape management, the support of scientific and social projects and the promotion of charitable events and fundraisers.

2013

» The new “basil” and “carrot” flavours of the Brodowin farm cheese are introduced.
» The Brodowin sausage assortment was extended with numerous new varieties. In co-operation with the nearby “Gut Kerkow”, we offer fried sausages, “Knacker” and seven different types of sausages in small jars. We process our own beef and goat meat as well as pork from regional partners.
» On the site of the former Cistercian monastery of Chorin, dating back 1273 AD, Brodowin’s “Bio – Klostercafé” opened in summer.

2014

» Introduction of the “Brodowin Kochkisten”. The Ökokorb delivery service can be used to order exact quantities of ready-made dishes, made from fresh ingredients. However, one does still have to cook oneself…
» Brodowin participates in the “Brother Rooster” Project. As a measure against the senseless killing of male chicks, we started keeping them (for every laying hen one male chick hatches).
» At the end of June, a major fire broke out on the farm. Two warehouses filled to the brim with straw, hay and grain fall victim to the flames.
Fortunately, no one was injured during the incident, however, a little calf died from the consequences of smoke inhalation.
» In response to a wave of solidarity and numerous offers of assistance, we launched the “Help for Brodowin” campaign. More than 500 people supported the initiative with a sum of over 115,000 Euros, which will be “repaid” in the form of goods vouchers over the next 5 years.

2015

» The Brodowin Ökokorb was moved. Our organic delivery service now packages our products in green boxes in a distribution centre nearby Eberswalde.
» The new hygienic packing line of the eco-basket is EC-approved for the processing of sensitive foodstuffs (meat, cheese, eggs, etc.).

2016

» At the annual farm festival, the company celebrates its 25th anniversary together with partners from political institutions and business.

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