About Thomas Rippel
I am a bio-dynamic farmer in the Bernese Alps on the beautiful Hof Maiezyt working as part of a community of practical idealists.
I have made it my mission to re-connect city-people like myself to farming again.
I grew up in Austria and Hungary and spent several years working and studying in Canada, Australia and China. After living in China for 3 years, I became phyiscally ill and metally exhaused. Not knowing which direction to take, i decided to do a time out living and working on a farm in Switzerland. In those 3 months, working with my hands in the soil, I re-connected with the world in a way that I hope I can share with many more people around me.
In 2011 I launched a start-up with the goal of creating a financial incentive for farmers to improve their soil fertility, rather than relying on chemical fertiliser. I initiated several sustainable farming projects in Switzerland as well as being involved in EU financed agricultural projects. In these projects i explored several approaches to manure treatment, composting and the use of biochar. Some of my projects have been profiled on Swiss National Television SRF2 on the show "Einstein" and "Aeschbacher", on German Television WDR "Quarks&Co" and the Swiss BuureTV as well as in print by journals and newspapers such as the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tages Anzeiger, Blick an Abend, 20 Minuten or La Contra.
I have completed my 4-year vocational training (Bio Landwirt mit Eidgenössischem Fachzertifikat) as a an organic farmer in Switzerland and currently work on my thesis to become an expert in bio-dynamic farming (Fachmann).