Open day Teendorf

Behind the scenes of our potato breeding station

Lüneburg, June 2023 | In perfect weather, the BNA breeding station in Teendorf opened its doors to neighbours, employees, friends and families on Saturday, 24 June and offered an insight into the breeding work that takes place there. More than 250 interested people took the opportunity to get to know the beautiful farm and the work of the BNA better on site.

In addition to delicacies from the grill, cold drinks, coffee and cake awaited the visitors. Especially in the sunny midday hours, the guests quickly discovered the advantages of a potato warehouse and moved their seats into the pleasantly cool hall without further ado. The building, newly constructed in 2018 in the style of the old farm architecture, drew appreciative glances, especially from farmers in the region.

Interesting guided tours on breeding work

The guided tours of the laboratory, greenhouse, storage hall and breeding garden, which the staff offered every hour with great enthusiasm and clear explanations, were very popular. Not only local residents showed great interest in the breeding work, but also employees from other locations or former colleagues came to see the activities of the Teendorf and Ebstorf teams once again on site.

Dr. Justus Böhm, Managing Director of BNA, was very satisfied with the Open Day: "I am pleased that there is so much interest among employees and residents! We are doing important work for potato breeding here in Teendorf. Since we took over the site in 2017, there have already been many requests for people to come and have a look at the farm. Today, we were finally able to fulfil that request to Corona and hopefully answer any questions."

Great offers for the young visitors

There was also plenty for the younger visitors to discover on the extensive grounds: a bouncy castle provided plenty of fun and in the potato quiz, the older children could immediately apply their knowledge from the guided tours and from the information boards on site. Attractive prizes, such as free tickets for the Lüneburger Heide Game Park or detailed models of a Grimme potato harvester, attracted numerous participants. The Grimme company not only enriched the day with prizes for the raffle, but also set up a brand new Evo 280 potato harvester on the grounds. The impressive machine could also be entered, which large and small agricultural machinery fans took full advantage of.

Last but not least, the day provided an excellent opportunity to make new contacts and meet up with old colleagues, partners and neighbours. Many visitors already knew the site from previous owners and were curious to see what had become of it. The extensive redevelopment that BNA had been carrying out since 2017 generated enthusiasm among all visitors.