Agriculture

The Tütsberg landscape conservation farm is the agricultural business of the Stiftung Naturschutzpark Lüneburger Heide.

Landscape conservation • Business organisation • Adventure trail “Tütsberger Erlebnispunkte” • Tütsberg buckwheat • Animal husbandry

Tütsberg landscape conservation farm

Landscape management according to Bioland guidelines

Our location

Hof Tütsberg is located in the middle of the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve. You can reach Hof Tütsberg easily via the A7 or the B3 in about an hour’s drive from Hamburg, Hanover or Bremen.

There is a hikers’ car park directly on the farm grounds from where you can explore the farm grounds and the adjacent heathland.

Flowering buckwheat field at Hof Tütsberg
Flowering buckwheat field
Farm buildings at Tütsberg landscape conservation farm
Farm buildings at Tütsberg landscape conservation farm

Business organisation

Hof Tütsberg houses the administration and operations centre of the VNP landscape conservation farm. One of the VNP’s seven sheep husbandries is also located on the farm grounds.

The objectives of the landscape conservation farm are the environmentally friendly management of the foundation’s own agricultural land and the maintenance of the extensive heath areas through grazing with Heidschnucken, goats, cattle and horses.

The landscape conservation farm cultivates about 490 ha of arable land and about 410 ha of grassland ecologically according to the guidelines of the Bioland farming association.

Hof Tütsberg is also a demonstration farm for organic farming and is especially committed to public relations.

In addition to arable farming and grassland management, about 4,400 ha of heath and nutrient-poor grassland and 35 ha of carp ponds are cultivated.

On some selected fields, historical heath farming is imitated. In the manner of a living museum, old cultivated plant species and varieties are thus preserved for posterity, as are rare and endangered arable plants.

Clover grass, cornflower and incarnate clover
Clover grass, cornflower and incarnate clover

Your contact at VNP


Landschaftspflegehof Tütsberg
Dr. Andreas Koopmann, Dr. Heike Brenken
Hof Tütsberg
29640 Schneverdingen–Heber
Phone: 05199-298
Fax: 05199 985 541
Email:

If you would like to know more


Hof Tütsberg is a member of Bioland grower’s association

Preservation of farmland weeds: http://www.schutzaecker.de/

Adventure trail “Tütsberger Erlebnispunkte”

Discover the adventure trail "Tütsberger Erlebnispunkte" at Hof Tütsberg | VNP Stiftung"

Around the Tütsberg and on the farm grounds you will find our “Tütsberger Erlebnispunkte”. Here you will discover, for example, information about our Heidschnucken flock, the farm’s groves and its history.

Cereal hitparade | Hof Tütsberg VNP Stiftung

You should also visit the cereal hit parade in the inner courtyard.

"Künstlerplatz" - Tütsberger Erlebnispunkte | VNP Stiftung

The “Tütsberger Erlebnispunkte” were funded in 2010 by the European Regional Development Fund and “Experience Nature” from the Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment and Climate Protection.

Opening of the adventure trail "Tütsberger Erlebnispunkte" in 2010 | VNP Stiftung
Opening of the adventure trail “Tütsberger Erlebnispunkte” in 2010

Tütsberg buckwheat

Buckwheat field at our farm Hof Tütsberg | VNP Stiftung

Contrary to its name, buckwheat is not a grain, but an old agricultural and medicinal plant from the knotweed family similar to rhubarb and sorrel.

Buckwheat in bloom | VNP Stiftung

From a reddish stem sprout stalked heart-shaped leaves and white or pink flowers. Each flower ripens into a three-edged fruit that looks like a small beechnut. This gave it the name “buckwheat”. The small fruits contain flour and can be ground into flour like grain.

Buckwheat with fruits | Photo: U. Franzen
Buckwheat with fruits
Photo: U. Franzen

Buckwheat is probably one of the fastest growing flour crops of all, because it is adapted to the short summers of Central and East Asia. It ripens within 10 to 12 weeks after sowing. Because of its sensitivity to cold, it can only be grown as a summer crop.

Buckwheat field at our farm Hof Tütsberg | VNP Stiftung

As a particularly frugal plant, buckwheat is ideal for cultivation on the poor heath and moor soils of northern Germany. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it became the everyday food of the simple rural population in the Lüneburg Heath. In the form of groats, dumplings and especially as an ingredient for pancakes, it had gained a firm place in the kitchen. With the introduction of the potato in the middle of the 18th century, buckwheat lost more and more of its importance.

Bucklwheat harvest at Hof Tütsberg | VNP Stiftung
Buckwheat harvest at Hof Tütsberg

Where to buy our buckwheat flour


Buckwheat flour is available at the Heide-ErlebnisZentrum (Undeloh) and at the Museum shop (Wilsede).

You can find delicious products made from buckwheat at the Wilsede Milchhalle, the Heide-ErlebnisZentrum and of course at the Landhaus Haverbeckhof and Hof Tütsberg hotels. Try it!

Animal husbandry

Heidschnucken and goats

Six flocks of sheep and one herd of goats belong to the Tütsberg landscape conservation farm.

Heidschnucken flock of Hof Tütsberg | Foto: Christian Burmester
Heidschnucken flock of Hof Tütsberg
Photo: Christian Burmester

Around 2,200 ewes of the breed “German grey heath” (Heidschnucke) sheep and 300 goats are herded daily in the nature reserve by the shepherds of the landscape conservation farm.

Heidschnucken and goats grazing side by side in harmony | Photo: Christian Burmester
Heidschnucken and goats grazing side by side.
Photo: Christian Burmester
Sheed shed at Hof Tütsberg | photo: Christian Burmester
Sheep shed at Hof Tütsberg
Photo: Christian Burmester

Visit our Heidschnucken


Guided hikes, bicycle tours and carriage rides to the shepherd can be booked through the Bispingen tourist information office (www.bispingen.de).

Regional specialties


The best places to enjoy Heidschnucke are on site at Hotel Hof Tütsberg (www.tuetsberg.de) or at Landhaus Haverbeckhof (www.haverbeckhof.de).

Fresh Heidschnucke meat and sausages are available from our partners:

Landschlachterei
Ewald Albers

Lübberstedter Straße 24
21272 Egestorf
Phone: 04175 432
https://www.albers-landschlachterei.de/

Landschlachterei
Hermann Meyer

Haverbecker Straße 24
29626 Bispingen-Behringen
Phone: 05194 1215
http://www.landschlachterei-hermann-meyer.de/

Dülmener horses und Wilseder Rote cattle

For landscape management, the VNP also uses cattle and horses that graze on grassland all year round.

Animal stock (September 2018)

Pasturing by Wilseder Rote cattle at Hof Tütsberg | VNP Stiftung

Wilseder Rote cattle

  • 1 suckler herd with 37 cows
    (Highland-Shorthorn-Angus crossbreeds, called “Wilseder Rote”)
  • 1 heifer herd with 7 heifers
Pasturing by Dülmener horses at Hof Tütsberg | VNP Stiftung

Dülmener horses

  • 1 stallion herd with 3 licensed stallions and young stallions
  • 2 mare herds with 14 mares
  • 16 foals and yearlings

The population of Dülmen horses is currently declining nationwide. The breed is on the Red List in category 1 “extremely endangered”. As of 2017, outside Merfelder Bruch, there are only 32 registered breeding animals left, 10 of which are owned by the VNP.

If you would like to know more


Here you will find more information about Dülmener horses:

Pastures of the animals are located at the Radenbach, the Schmale Aue, near Hörpel and at the Tütsberg farm. Take a walk and see for yourself…

Wilseder Rote cattle in the heath | VNP Stiftung

Location of the pastures


On this map you can see where our animals can be found grazing in the nature reserve: Download map

Are you planning a stay in the Lueneburg Heath?

If so, we have something for you.

VNP Hotels Landhaus Haverbeckhof und Hof Tütsberg | Fotos: Christian Burmester und Markus Tiemann