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Case study: Hamburg City Estates (Germany)

Thematic: Access to land

Authors: Titus Bahner (Projektbuero Kulturlandschaft)

Type: case study



For decades, Hamburg municipality has purchased agricultural land to be able to influence city development. In 1989/1994, the city opted for the conversion of three large estates in its ownership to organic farming. These farms all play a major role in providing local organic food, and two of them have developed direct marketing and a large array of social and cultural activities involving the community.


Date: May 1, 2011


Keywords: organic farming, land policy, multifunctional farm, on-farm food processing

Places: Germany

Actors: rural estate

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