His farm is located in a beautiful natural setting and consists of 300 acres, of which almost 150 are rented.

At the farm Steven breeds both cattle and sheep and has also built up a milk distribution business. It has been natural for him to think about energy issues and how to become financially stable, despite the market fluctuations. As a result he has invested in a biomass boiler to supply his farm and office with home-produced energy.

Steven planted about 28 acres with willow as an initial new step.

“This is yet another stage in our diversification. As a farmer today you have to dare to try new things, even though this was not a crop grown by our forefathers,” Steven explains.

“Now I know this land will give me a steady income for the next twenty two years,” he says.

“One of several decisive factors was that Iggesund assumes responsibility for both harvesting and transporting the crop to their mill. All I need to do is to make sure it grows well.”