Datenbank der Projekte zur ländlichen Entwicklung
Glass Organic Dairy: Transparency from Farmer to Fridge
In early 2010 the first nationwide glass dairy in Münchehofe was opened. It processes organic milk from the surrounding organic farmers and gives visitors an insight into the manufacturing and production processes of the regional dairy products.
The idea of this project arose from the recognised need to promote sustainable regional food production and consumption. On the other hand, this was an opportunity to maintain and increase the capacities of the organic food producers in the Brandenburg State.
The objective was to promote sustainable management in harmony with nature and environmentally sound production of food in Münchehofe. The construction of new facilities should allow for hosting visitors and giving them insight into sustainable, regional dairy production.
In April 2008 the foundation stone for the construction of innovative organic dairy was placed. As a result, a transparent dairy has been constructed, which can be visited. Over a glass walk through the facility, visitors can trace the various production processes of biologically valuable dairy products, from delivery to the finished product. The products are delivered by organic farmers from the region and can be obtained in the dairy shop.
Results & Benefits
The project greatly contributed to promoting sustainable, regional food production and consumption, increasing production capacity and employment (from 23 to 45 jobs). There are numerous visitors coming to the glass dairy. In particular, constructed facilities (i.e. garden, playground) allow hosting school groups. The education programme of the dairy strongly focuses on strengthening the regional identity of younger generations and valuing locally produced food.
The project is very innovative in the country scale and greatly illustrates how the sustainable regional development concept can be combined with the benefits for dairy farmers.
Project location and other information
Münchehofe, State Brandenburg
Brandenburg and Berlin
Total project cost (€)
10 973 075
EAFRD contribution (€)
2 057 445
National contribution (€)
Private contribution (€)
8 229 815
Other funding sources (€)
Languages for contact
Original Language version
At a glance
Final beneficiary type
Individual farmers, Non-farm or non-forest entreprises, Other
> €500 000
Theme / Measure:
Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
Restructuring, developing physical potential, and promoting innovation
123. Adding value to agricultural and forestry products
Organic farming, Awareness raising, Innovation, Dairy sector, Local food