It is a golden autumn day, when we have the opportunity to talk with Richard Johansson on the Västergården farm near the town of Mellerud in Western Sweden. It is sunny, windy and ideal weather to drive in the remaining fava beans. The trailer is being pulled by a shiny, brand-new Fendt 313 S4.
Run by Richard and Anna Johansson together with Richard Johansson’s parents and five employees, the Västergården and Grunsbo farms specialise in cattle and plant production. The Västergården Grunsbo AB farm enterprise has 650 young cattle, from calves up to fully grown young animals, as well as 900 hectares of arable land, of which 600 hectares are their own. Most of the cultivation is done according to organic principles. “We started organic farming on a small scale in 1998 and slowly expanded it. Today it makes up for about 70 percent. We produce forage for the animals on the part that is farmed conventionally,” reports Richard Johansson. For several years now, the enterprise has also been building drainages, both on their own land and, as a contractor, for others.