Biohof Hübeli & Sanctuary Seeland

Kallnach , Switzerland

Meet Leandra Brusa and Urs Marti!

Leandra Brusa's und Urs Marti's Biofarm Hübeli in Kallnach (Switzerland), is being Refarm'd to producing plant-based drinks and we are proudly opening the pre-orders for you to get fresh oat drink from this sanctuary!

We believe that by uniting together with farmers and providing them with the tools they need to move away from the animal trade, we are offering a viable new opportunity for their businesses to be part of the growing plant based movement.

We assist the ex-dairy/cattle farms to sustainably and locally source the ingredients to produce plant based drinks on their farms. The farmers’ land is converted into an animal sanctuary for their cattle that are no longer being used.

By signing up to this subscription service, you are helping the animal farming industry transition to a plant based livelihood that helps both the animals and our environment alike.

Their story

From the beginning, I was a rather atypical farmer’s son. I was more of a thinker than a practitioner, and I was much more interested in the animals, rather than the actual operation of the farm. The farm was built in 1763 by one of our ancestors with the surname Marti, and has been passed down from one Marti generation to the next ever since. When I became vegan in 2002, while in high School, it became clear that I would not carry on this family tradition, and never once did I imagine that I would be taking over the farm from my parents. In fact, I worked as a primary school teacher for several years after high school, and showed little interest in agriculture. So it was to my parents’ great surprise that in 2014, I announced that I wanted to take over the Hübeli family farm, right here in Kallnach.

What had led to this change of heart?

To this day, I have never owned a car, and this on principle. I had been dealing with issues such as animal rights, food production and (un-) equal distribution of resources for a long time and realized that agriculture is highly political. In other words: as a farmer you can deal first hand with all the issues mentioned above and really make a difference.

So in 2016, along with my wife Leandra, who is also vegan, I started to build up the Tierarche Seeland, an animal sanctuary for former farm animals, right here on my parents' farm. The aim of Tierarche Seeland was, and remains, to allow our animals, cows in particular, to live a long life without beeing exploited by humans. Since at that time my father was still running a dairy farm with his cows, and since the milk flow in dairy cows does not stop overnight, it was clear to all of us that the development of Tierarche Seeland would be an ongoing process. So we took in the first external cows, the so-called "pension cows", on the sanctuary, while gradually integrating our own former dairy cows, their calves and former fattening cattle into the Tierarche-herd. Since 2016 Leandra and I have been looking for godparents for our own former cattle, whose sponsorship payments allow the cattle to live a long and stress-free life.


On 31.12.2017 the last milking took place on the parental farm. Thus, on 01.01.2018, not only did the conversion phase to organic farming begin on the Hübeli, but a decade-long era of milk production also came to an end.

Thanks to the openness of my parents, Leandra and I were able to get involved early on in the farm, not only with regards to the development of Tierarche Seeland, but also in other ways. Since 2017, we have been cultivating lentils and polentamais in the fields of Hübelis and have been able to market them directly.

On 01.01.2019, the official farm handover took place. Because it was our aim to grow only arable crops for direct human consumption on the farm, the cultivation of feed barley and feed maize was stopped. For this purpose, oats for human consumption were newly integrated into the crop rotation. Although the demand for Swiss organic oat flakes is very high, the producer price is ridiculously low.

Now, the Refarm'd project not only offers us the opportunity to compensate for the loss of income we used to earn with cows milk, but also (through the production of vegetable oat milk) to achieve a higher added value with the otherwise great, frugal edible oat culture.

As of 01.01.2020, the Hübeli is now a full-bud organic farm. An existing contract already promised the 2020 edible oats harvest to a customer, who will use it to make organic oat flakes. We will therefore have to buy the organic oats for our first homemade oat milk. However, from the 2021 harvest onwards, we will be able to process our own oats into organic oat milk, and we are very much looking forward to doing this!

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Subscription plans

You can now subscribe to one of Leandra's and Urs' plans to receive a weekly delivery of fresh, organic and handmade (by them) oat drink in reusable glass bottles. Simply click on the desired plan and follow the steps (you are also able to customize your plan once you are in the subscription process).

Prices are including free delivery every week to your favourite pickup location or choose to pickup at the farm directly and get a 12% discount.

Weiherhölzli Subscription

Receive 2 litres of fresh, organic oat drink* with no additives every week, in returnable glass bottles.

How much is 2 liters?

This will make you on average 1 glass of drink per day or 10 cereal bowls.

*Ingredients: filtered water, organic oats (10%), sea salt.

Gänsemoss Subscription

Receive 4 litres of fresh, organic oat drink* with no additives every week, in returnable glass bottles.

How much is 4 liters?

This will make you on average 2 glasses of drink per day or 16 smoothies.

*Ingredients: filtered water, organic oats (10%), sea salt.

Donnerloch Subscription

Receive 7 litres of fresh, organic oat drink* with no additives every week, in returnable glass bottles.

How much is 7 liters?

This will make you on average of 4 glasses of drink per day or 14 vegan mac & cheeses.

*Ingredients: filtered water, organic oats (10%), sea salt.

In detail

Pre-orders

This subscriptions are pre-orders as they are the initial orders made to this farm to get them started. By subscribing to pre-orders we kindly ask to accept a few weeks delay before first delivery to be able to provide the best quality product and service. In return, we offer to fully reimburse the first subscription month, after having received and tested the plant-based milks, if you are not satisfied. If you are satisfied the ongoing subscriptions will continue as planned.

The first delivery of your oat drink is planned for October 2020. You have the possibility to delay your subscription by 1 or 2 months in case you are on holiday.

The drink

This subscription is for pure oat drink that is made fresh just before deliveries, by the farmers themselves. The ingredients are organic and local oats and filtered water (osmosis filtration system) as well as sea salt. No preservatives, additives or sugars are added nor is the milk going through any complicated process to preserve as much as possible the nutrients and the taste. The fresh oat drink has a shelf-life of 8 to 10 days unopened if kept in the refrigerator at all times. Once opened, the drink should be consumed in 3 days. Separation in the drink, and slight variations in taste and texture are normal occurring events for a fresh made product. For best results shake before use.

Ongoing subscriptions

Subscriptions are on-going, recurring orders that are delivered automatically every week so you can relax and enjoy your drink! Subscriptions can be changed or stopped at any time. If you choose to cancel your subscription, and if you paid for the year, you will be reimbursed for the remaining months. No reimbursements are made for orders already received (except the first subscription month, details in pre-orders above). Payments made for the current month (so for 4-5 deliveries) are not reimbursed. Please cancel subscriptions before the beginning of the new subscription month.

Payment method

You can choose to pay on a monthly-basis or a yearly-basis (to get 10% discount). Payments can be done through credit cards on our platform directly. Payments are automatically made beginning of the every month and cover a weekly delivery of plant-based drink in your selected pickup location.

Delivery

All Refarm’d drinks will be packaged in reusable glass bottles that we collect each week when we drop off your new delivery. Please show some love to these bottles and handle with care so that they can be reused a maximum of times.

At the moment our only delivery options are to collect your order at pickup locations (at no additional cost) or to pick up your order directly at the farm (and get a 12% discount). You will be able to change your selected pickup location at any time to suits your needs. You can see current pick up locations on our app.

We hope to be able to offer home deliveries in the near future as well.

Our deliveries are done by our own selected Refarm'd drivers.

Our long term goal is to make our deliveries as environmentally friendly as possible, using only electrical or natural gas vehicles.

*As a starting offer, the farm only produces plain oat drink. Other types of plant-based drinks, including fortified ones and a barista version, will be added very soon. You will be able to update your subscription at any moment.