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Left: Emil von Allmen describes his daily routine at his house in Gimmel- wald. Below: Sandra von Allmen feeds calves pieces of bread in the barn at dinner time.





I like to have two jobs. I like to farm, but I like politics. I like politics, but I like to farm. I wouldn’t do just one. The mix is good.





customers in the towns of Bern and In- terlaken. In addition to the cows, von Allmen


also raises sheep and goats. One breed of sheep, the Heidschnucken, is raised more as his hobby since the breed does not produce a lot of milk or meat. T e Heidschnucken have long, grayish coats, curled horns and thin, black legs that


don’t damage the fi elds as much as other breeds. T e day on the farm ends around 7


p.m. aſt er all the animals are fed and back in the barns. Von Allmen said even though farming is hard on the body, he likes to get away from the stress brought on by his political job. T e rest of the von Allmen family, including his wife


Rösli and their children, work together in every aspect of keeping up the farm. Von Allmen said in a few years his son


will decide whether or not he wants to continue the family business and run the farm himself. For now, von Allmen’s still the boss. “For this job, it is important that the fam- ily works together.” von Allmen said.


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