BIO Organic Producer
“I gave my heart to organic agriculture.”
Control of the irrigation system
A new sprinkler nozzle instead of a drip nozzle is tested
Thinning out is done by hand
Organic producer Josef on his way to the orchards
Diversity in the apple orchard
Parcines village is a true gem in the Val Venosta with its narrow paths and historic buildings, and this is where Josef Sonnenburger is from. Even though he trained as a teacher, he soon had to follow his heart into farming. He gained the necessary knowledge by going to courses and then built up his business gradually. He now offers farmstay holidays to guests, grows organic fruit and harvests the completely natural chestnuts which grow in his woodland. He loves the work and the demands which organic farming bring, and he is proud that he manages almost everything on this own. He has several different varieties in his orchards. When he decided to switch to organic farming in 1998, his main motivation was to be able to use beneficial fauna and organic agricultural products to make his apples thrive. Organics come from the heart for Josef. At the end of the day, being able to pick your own apples that are completely sound brings health, well-being, and most of all, more satisfaction.