Gårdstånga Nygård (GN) is a farm located 9 km North of Lund, Sweden. The farm is impacted on by continental climate with an average precipitation of 750 mm per annum (mainly during the non-growing season between November and March. The annual average temperature is about 7.5℃. We grow on 1000 hectares of which 200 ha are organic farming. The remaining 800 ha are farmed conventionally according to the FAO principles of Conservation Agriculture in a non-ploughed system with minimal soil disturbance as recommended by Professor Rattan Lal. The non-ploughed farming system has reduced the consumption of fuel by 50% as well as further stabilised the nutrients in the soil with reduced leakage. The unpredictable weather is the main obstacle to a good harvest in regards to both volume and quality. Gustaf Ramel manages the farm together with three full-time employees. We obtain chicken manure from a neighbouring chicken farm. About 50 ha of pastures are grazed by sheep and cows. Our farm has long-term co-operations with universities and farming schools, and has often lent its land for various research projects.
Main Role in WATERAGRI
GÅRDSTÅNGA NYGÅRD will construct and build a five-hectare wetland for both farming and WATERAGRI research purposes. We will also establish an office at GN for the sole purpose of supporting the WATERAGRI project.
Gustaf Ramel (male) attended farming school and worked at his parent’s farm as a child. He holds a bachelor of economics and finance from Lund University. He has lived and worked in England, China and Kazakhstan from 1995 to 2011. In 2011, Gustaf bought GN from his parents and returned home with his wife and two kids.
Martin Kallsäby (male) is the farm manager. He has attended various farming schools. Martin lives on the farm with his wife. They have one child.
Christian Hansson (male) has attended various farming schools and is the chief mechanic who repairs almost all machines at GN.