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Mandelmanns Trädgårdar 2017
Mandelmanns Trädgårdar 2017 | Photo: Dependability (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Mini-Map of Sweden with marker at Simrishamns Kommun

Mandelmanns Trädgårdar

Ecological farm & show garden in Rörum

The organic farm Mandelmanns Trädgårdar, which has become famous not least through numerous publications and a documentary series on Swedish television, is located about three kilometres from the coast on the edge of the small church village of Rörum in the northern half of the municipality of Simrishamn.

Mandelmanns Trädgårdar (Mandelmanns Gärten) is an organic farm with agriculture and animal husbandry certified according to Swedish standards. During the summer months the farm is open for day visitors and you can wander around the 60 hectare area between vegetable plantations, fruit trees and herb beds and watch the cows, sheep, pigs and chickens.

A large, magnificent show garden with mixed plantings of perennials, crops, berry bushes and trees and a duck pond invites you to discover and marvel, to relax and let the children play. If you would like to strengthen yourself during your visit, you will find a well-assorted range of small and large dishes, cakes and drinks in the farm's own garden restaurant, with all the raw materials coming from their own organic production.

In front of the entrance is the farm shop, which offers the farm's seasonal product range, from vegetables, fruit and herbs to jams, milk, cheese, fresh eggs and meat products.

How Mandelmanns Trädgårdar was born

Mandelmanns Trädgårdar was founded in 1996 by Marie and Gustav Mandelmann – a Stockholm couple who turned their backs on life in the big city to live here in the south-eastern part of Skåne as self-sufficient farmers. Over the years, with a lot of hard work and passion, the farm has grown from its small beginnings to what it is today – a prime example of a functioning sustainable agriculture.

The development of the farm was slow but steady and step by step new ideas were established. For example, an unheated greenhouse, which in summer is warmed by the sun's rays and allows tomatoes, cucumbers, pomegranates and kiwis to thrive. In winter, the greenhouse is used as a shelter for cows, sheep and chickens when the weather does not permit the usual stay outdoors. The latest achievement is the farm's own wind power plant and solar panels, so that since 2015 the farm's electricity supply has also been generated from sustainable sources.

The Mandelmanns have written their experiences as self-suppliers as well as tips and tricks for imitating them in a book published in 2013. In 2016 a cookbook for self-suppliers was published under the title Mandelmanns köksbok and in 2019 the couple published the baking book Mandelmanns söta.

In addition to numerous reports in the print media and television reports in gardening programmes, the Mandelmanns gained great popularity through the documentary series Mandelmanns Gård, produced by the Swedish television station TV4. The series documents the daily life of the family and started with the first broadcast in 2017. 4 seasons have been broadcast over the years until 2020, with each season consisting of 5 episodes of 43 minutes each.

Visit the farm

Despite all its fame, Mandelmanns Trädgårdar has remained a small family business that requires a lot of work and therefore has limited capacity in terms of visitors. For this reason, visits are only possible after prior online registration via a separate booking system. The entrance fee is paid in advance by credit card. Group visits or guided tours are not possible.

The size of the parking lot is also limited and does not allow caravans, campers or buses. Smoking is absolutely forbidden on the entire grounds of the farm, dogs are not allowed and your own picnic basket must also be left outside.

The farm area is not completely barrier-free. Due to the location within a hilly valley, the paths, especially between the fields, are not flat and not very wide. However, the show garden is mostly accessible with walkers and wheelchairs and the greenhouse and garden restaurant are also accessible. One of the visitor toilets is equipped with ramps and handrails. Separate parking spaces for the disabled are located directly in front of the entrance.

The farm is closed for visitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

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