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Santner Manuel

Bio Organic Producer

„For me, organic means sustainability on a natural basis“

My story

At first, Manuel Santnerwanted to work as a carpenter. He thus trained as a carpenter and worked as a fitter for three years. To help his father he started to work on his father’s farm and developed an interest in agriculture. Manuel then trained at the technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in Laimburgand constantly attends differentcourses. He soon wanted to adopt environmentally friendly working practices and decided to convert to organic production: „I haven’t regretted my decision for a moment,because for me, organic means sustainability on a natural basis,“says Manuel.

Today, he works as a fulltime farmer: He manages his father’s farm called „Schupfermühle“ in Naturno, which used tobe a mill in the past, as well as the agricultural areas of the „Hanswirt“ in Rablà, a historic inn from the 8th century in the possession of his wife’s family. Both agricultural businesses accommodate guests as well who can get an insight into agriculture if they wish.

Manuel’s father, his father-in-law as well as different workerssupport him in his work several times a year. They help him when it comes to planting the young trees, thinning out by hand, cutting trees andduring the apple harvest. And even if the harvesting period is the most work-intensive period of the year, it’s the one he likes best: In the end, you reap the rewards of the whole year with the apple harvest. Manuel prefers apples of theBraeburn variety „because I like the juicy and slightly acidulous taste. And because the stressful period is over after the harvest of this apple variety,“smiles Manuel.
 

Where I live

My harvest
 
Granny Smith
The green gem
With its distinctive colour and acidic flavour, Granny Smith is unique in the apples’ world. Since the other apples could be green with envy!
Availability
November - May
 
Appearance: 
bright green colour, spherical shape
Features: 
compact and crunchy with white pulp
Taste: 
acidulous, very refreshing
Bonita
The bittersweet lady
This bright and smooth crossover makes the pests stay away, therefore, it is especially popular in organic farming.
Availability
January - March
Appearance: 
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
Features: 
juicy and crunchy
Taste: 
bittersweet
Blueberries
The blue wonders
Blueberries are a real treat for the eyes. Not only because they taste so good, but also because they provide a keen sense of sight thanks to their high vitamin A content.
Availability
beginning of July - end of August
Appearance: 
dark blue to violet-black shell
Features: 
clear bite, light pulp with reddish juice, rich in vitamin A.
Taste: 
Discreetly sweet
Gala
Juicy, sweet aroma and low level of acid.
Red Delicious
Juicy and sweet, distinctive aroma.
Golden Delicious
Juicy, sweet, aromatic, with fine fruit acid.
Braeburn
Fruity and refreshing taste, aromatic, perfect sugar-acid ratio, compact.
 
 

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