BIO Organic Producer – Niedermairhof
“Nature has to be taken as it is.”
Proud young farmer
Modern farm and culture
Farm with generation change
Altitude of the farm
Leonhard Schrötter lives in Plars di Sopra. His Niedermair farm has been in the family for three generations and he became the farmer at the age of 17 after a tragic accident. He learnt the necessary foundations for managing a farm in Klein-Altendorf, near Bonn. These days, Leonhard grows various organic apple varieties in his orchards and is ably assisted by his eldest daughter. Both of them love wine-making too, and have a soft spot for talking shop over a few home-made drops. Their own products are offered to the guests who come on holiday to the apartments on the farm. The sun-drenched southern part of the property is their particular favourite, with its view of the wide valley floor around the Mediterranean spa town of Merano. Streams, forests and meadows lie around their land, and their neighbours also work organically. "What the others were already doing turned out to be infectious!" says Leonhard, who made the switch to organics in 2000. "I wanted to take a step backwards. I didn't want to exploit the land any more. You have to take nature the way it is. Anything else would be artificial."