We - Susanna and Christian Schürch - have been tenant farmers of the town of Basel since 1994. During this time we have had two sons Philipp and Lorenz, who are adults now and no longer live on the farm. Together with Ion and Aliona Maidan we manage about 70 hectares of flat land, 50 cows, 900 hens and a big playground with a room for parties. We also have some goats, minipigs and donkeys which we keep as pets. Ion and Aliona are from Moldavia and they have 2 children, Ilie and Eva, who were born in 2014 and 2017. There are many other people who help us from time to time or who have responsibilities on the farm as a hobby.
Our farm is not organic. But we are certified for the label IPSuisse. That means: no insecticide, no fungicide and limited use of herbicide. Fertilizer is limited and has to be used targeted. Biodiversity is part of the program. We promote fauna and flora and work together with conservation organizations.
Since 1993 Swiss farmers have to sacrifice 7 % of their land for ecological projects. That means different kinds of fallows, on which wild herbs must be sown or hedges, high stem fruit trees and so on. If a farmer doesn't join this program, his subsidies are cut drastically. IPSuisse goes much further. There it is important which kinds of projects you have and how the ecological land is connected on your farm. 38 % of all Swiss farmers have got the IPSuisse label. On our farm 15 % of the land consists of ecological projects. We have practiced this since 1994. As a result Stonechats, Yellowhammers, Red-backed Shrikes, Corn Buntings and Skylarks breed regularly on our farm again and we could increase the population of Brown Hares. In a study of the "Vogelwarte Sempach" of 2015 it has been confirmed that we have been very successful with our projects. For Christian, who is one of the vice presidents of IPSuisse, this has been a confirmation that we and IPSuisse are on the right path.
If you take the tram No. 11 from Basel main station, you arrive within 25 minutes at our tram station "Reinach Süd". Here the meadows and fields begin. Our farm is the last one in Reinach and somehow we always felt slightly disconnected from the urban population. But then our sons brought their friends from town and step by step we began to open the farm for visitors and let them see how daily life works on a modern farm. We wanted to show the farm especially to children in our region, because there are many who do`nt know much about farm life. Today there is a big playground in our courtyard, there are many animals and the children can watch the cows being milked.
People who would like to be more informed about happenings on our farm and about the possibilities our farm offers to visitors, please visit our German-language website: There is a blog in German where the parents are informed about the current work and happenings on our farm. Sometimes there are events like thanksgiving , where we also sew wheat by hand together with our visitors https://www.neuhof-reinach.ch/saat-und-erntefest/ . Children can ride on our donkeys once a month or there are other events https://www.neuhof-reinach.ch/neuhof-anlässe/
For your privat party you have the possibility to rent the "Holder-Rümli" (Elderberry-Roomlet)
It sounds like a lot of fun, but actually our main business and our income is based on our farm with 70 hectares of fields, 50 cows and 900 hens.
We would really like to give people an understanding of what it means to live and work on a farm. So you are welcome to visit our farm during the day. Come with your friends, your family, your granddaughter or whoever, but please be aware, that you have to reserve the Elderberry Roomlet, if you are more than 8 persons or contact us if you want do come with kindergartens or school classes or other groups. Please find further information here: Playground and Groups