In 2001, De 5 Gaarde – Constantinsborg, Frijsenborg, Gyllingnæs, Wedellsborg and Schackenborg – banded together in order to combine traditional, ethical farming with modern agricultural expertise. The families who owned them were heavily invested in the local area and in Danish farming, and they realised that joining forces would be the best way to ensure the survival of their high-quality produce while ensuring good prices for their customers. “One of my favourite things about my job,” says general manager of De 5 Gaarde, Claus Hviid, “is that I get to work with these passionate, dedicated families and individuals who care deeply about their land and animals. They really know their stuff, but they’re always open to learning more and experimenting too.”