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The colorful variety of our ecosystem

Promoting diversity pays off

Small lucky charms
Ladybirds are useful permanent residents – and not just by chance the symbols of Val Venosta Apples! 
Hand in hand with nature

A sustainable agriculture is much more than just good for the conscience: It makes sense for the nature and for all those who work there daily.
It is generally known that if you do good you will receive good and this is why the producers themselves profit most from working in harmony with nature. It is, after all, their own land that will eventually be the future of their children. This alone makes it worth protecting. Ecological – a logical choice.

The ecosystem of an orchard – natural habitat of many animals and plants

Have you ever looked around carefully in an orchard? Then you will have noticed that it’s a busy place: The grasses, herbs and shamrocks in and around orchards are full of life. To be precise: Between 25 and 50 plant species offer space and food for innumerous arachnids, insects and other small living things. It’s obvious that we have to protect this colorful variety. But how?
Where variety grows

„Live and let live“ is the simple magic formula of Val Venosta’s producers. When establishing a new orchard they pay attention to creating and protecting habitats for both plants and animals. Insects, small reptiles and mammals find shelter in hedges and cavities of dry stone walls and in piles of stones. High isolated trees facilitate guidance for bats and are ideal nesting and reproduction places for birds. Many autochthonous animal species retreat in ditches and other wetlands, whereas hedgehogs feel at ease in wood or brushwood piles. Our producers profit from most of the living things in the orchards as they keep away pests, for instance.

Common cause: bees and farmers

Bees are especially welcome in the orchards. They are indispensable for the pollination of flowers and the whole ecosystem. And the best: Bees love the sweet life in Val Venosta’s orchards! Every spring, they exchange plenty of nectar for pollinated flowers there. A fair deal because bees and farmers are real friends.
 

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