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Christian Hahn

Christian Hahn grows no fewer than 156 different varieties of pumpkin at the agricultural holding he took over from his parents. The pumpkins are cut by hand to order, then washed, dried, packaged and labelled. The majority go to the Cactus supermarket chain, but customers can also come to the farm in September and October to buy direct from Christian. Along with his full-time staff, he also employs between four and five seasonal workers to harvest the pumpkins in late summer and autumn. Twice a week, the orders for the supermarket are assembled and shipped, something that takes a good deal of planning and organisation.
On top of all this, there are 60 suckler and 60 dairy cows to look after. Christian Hahn sells some of the meat directly to customers (baby beef and beef).
The milk is shipped to the Arla co-operative. In addition to his meat and dairy production, Christian Hahn grows wheat, barley, oats, triticale, spelt, corn and protein crops to avoid having to import so much protein feed. He sells most of his cereals and what is left over gets fed to the dairy herd. The spelt is used exclusively to feed the young animals. Another source of income for business is producing energy by means of a photovoltaic system and a biogas plant, where Christian Hahn is a member.
As a farmer, Christian Hahn loves working in, with and for nature, as he puts it. 

“I get to work outside and I’m my own boss, no matter how many regulations come from higher up.” These regulations do not always make his work easier, and as a farmer, pressures on the global market mean he tends to get ripped off when negotiating prices, Christian explains. While all this comes as an annoyance, working out in nature and with his animals still brings him a lot of joy.

Why buy locally?

“Prioritising seasonal products from your local region is important in the light of climate change. I don’t believe agriculture is all about conventional farming versus organic farming. There’s only one kind of agriculture, the kind which has to be able to survive in the region,” says Christian Hahn.

 “The beautiful landscape of this country is entirely down to Luxembourg agriculture. If it ever went away and we had to import all our food, then, to put it bluntly, looking after this landscape with the help of state employees would be expensive. What customers choose to buy determines the diversity of the crops we grow. It’s a common criticism that we grow so much corn, but if the demand for hemp oil or sunflower seeds were to increase, for example, then that would bring about diversification in the crops we grow.”

Farmers can only protect biodiversity and insects if customers value the food from their local regions – and buy it as well!

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