Petra worked as registered nurse (up to 2000); after her husband took over his parents’ farm, the family moved to the farm. It is an agricultural and forestry holding covering 13Ha of grassland and 13Ha of woodland. The earnings from suckler cows and wood production were too low for a family to live on so Petra came up with the idea to combine her profession with the farm and convert it into a professional care facility.
The innovation links organic farming with a professional care facility. Petra therefore became an important employer, especially for women living in the region. Most of the companies involved in the construction of the care facility were based in the region, and other local farms cooperate by supplying produce and wood chips. Local grown timber was used for construction and a wood-chip heating system was installed. In October 2012, the very 1st resident was able to move in. The nursing services provided comprise residential care for all levels of care and the small numbers of places (14) makes it easily to cater to the individual needs. It has been operating at 100% capacity utilisation since it opened, and it has led to the creation of 12 innovative and secure jobs for local employees. Moreover, the old barn, has been converted to a barrier-free barn (wheelchair’s opportunity).