Lebenshof Aurelio

Büron, Switzerland

Meet Claudia and Beat Troxler

In 2014, Beat took over his parents' farm with 26 dairy cows, a few young cattle, and 200 fattening pigs. A year later, his phone rang and he was asked if he would sell one of his 200 fattening pigs – namely to Claudia. She’d fallen in love with the little pig and wanted to save him from certain death by finding him a home at a sanctuary. Beat immediately agreed; he was happy for the pig. Claudia invited Beat to visit the pig, who was now called Felix, at the sanctuary Gnadenhof Hodel in Aeugst am Albis. Beat immediately fell in love with a dog named Buci and adopted the Vizsla Mix from the sanctuary on the spot. Claudia and Beat attended the same dog school every week and eventually became a couple. In October 2015, Claudia moved to Beat's farm, they brought Felix back and found him a companion.



At first, Claudia only helped out on the farm on weekends, but when Beat's parents retired and stepped back more and more, Claudia quit her job and worked full-time on the farm. But as a vegetarian of many years, she found it very difficult to snatch the newborn calves from their mothers. Beat, too, began to ponder. He started changing the way the cows were fed: no imported soy, but only feeding what grew on their own farm.

The two let the mothers nurse their calves, allowed mother and calf to bond. It was nice to see how lovingly the cows took care of their offspring. But this happiness was not to last, since the calves had to leave the farm after three weeks.

One day, a special calf was born. He had several genetic defects. One of his ears was tiny, he had imbalance, and he needed help with drinking. For a full four days, this calf could not drink from his mother’s udder on his own. Claudia and Beat grew so fond of this little calf, whom they named Aurelio, that they could not give him away.

They looked for sponsors so that he could stay on the farm. And the desire arose not to have to give away any more animals. So they sought help from Sarah Heiligtag of Hof Narr, and the idea of ​​a sanctuary was born. Since the spring/summer of 2020, no more cows have been inseminated and no more calves have been given away.

Their Plans

“The former pigsty is being converted into a pen for cattle, and our animal stall will soon give way to a modern pen. Our cows are not being milked anymore since we will soon start producing oat milk with the help of Refarm’d. From 01/01/21, we have the intermediate bud for organic and want to grow organic oats for the plant-based drinks this autumn. We are very pleased that we will no longer have to use animals and will be able to produce something that we can stand behind 100%.

“We currently have of 48 cattle (cows, calves, young cattle, oxen), 7 alpacas, 6 chickens, 1 rooster, and of course, the two pigs Felix and Nala.”

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Subscription plans

You can now subscribe to one of Claudia and Beat's 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 customise your plan once you are in the subscription process).


Prices include free delivery every week to your favourite pickup location, or choose to collect from 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

These 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 the first week of November 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 delivery 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 at the beginning of every month and cover a weekly delivery of plant-based drinks to 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 suit 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 milks, including fortified ones and a barista version, will be added very soon. You will be able to update your subscription at any moment.