A pilot farm that produces food through the cycling of nutrients and carbon sequestration
Saara Kankaanrinta and Ilkka Herlin bought Qvidja in 2014. The estate’s history continues as a living farm. It was acquired with the intention to turn it into a pilot farm, where experimental agriculture could be carried out by cycling nutrients and sequestering carbon and other emissions without burdening the Baltic Sea. The purchase came with cultural heritage comprising a Medieval stone castle, approximately 30 buildings in need of renovations and history that is tightly entwined with the country. The castle has seen a lot during its existence of over the past half a millennium, becoming now the symbol of sustainable and modern agriculture and forestry.
Highland cattle and horses arrived on the farm in the spring of 2017 and the farm’s fields will be used following the crop rotation principle. The main product of the farm is biomethane, which is manufactured at the new energy production units. Heating, electricity, fertilisers and transport fuel will be derived from the farm’s own bioenergy.
Qvidja provides space for as many species as possible, both above ground and underground. Everything at Qvidja is done by nurturing the diversity of nature.