Organic farmer - Färberhäuslhof
“My Gala apples shine like my childrens’ smile.“
In spring, the most suitable varieties are planted in the new plants.
Before they take root, the new plants are supported by the wires we have stretched between the pillars.
From mid-April to the beginning of May, the warm rays of the spring sunshine give our orchards an extraordinary spectacle of blossom.
A wonder of nature that I love to photograph.
Various species of bees and wasps’ nest in the dry-stone walls, as well as beetles, butterflies, snails and many other insects.
Just as I experience landscape more intensely when riding my motorbike, I feel more connected to nature as an organic producer. As early as in the mid-1990s, when we didn’t run our farm according to organic principles, we took forward-looking measures. As early as then, spraying herbicides was a taboo for us, for example.
My mother acquired the „Färberhäuslhof“-farm and I attended the Laimburg technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture to prepare for my future job as an apple producer. I have cared for approx. 12,000 Gala apple trees according to organic guidelines since 2017. Their fruits give me great satisfaction, are bright red and extraordinarily tasty.
I regret not having converted to organic earlier. But my twins born in 2019 are young enough to experience the magic of organic farming right from the beginning. My wife and I would like to see our sons grow up in a healthy environment and to gradually make them familiar with sustainable agriculture.
Organic means that you don’t have a complete to-do list that you can successfully check off step by step but sticking to guidelines that indicate an approximate direction about how to reach the goal. On the way there, you follow certain rules dictated by nature. The motorbike has to adapt to the street and not the other way round. Organic producers equally have to adapt to nature and be satisfied with what it gives us year after year. Acceleration under pressure doesn’t make sense in agriculture.
Deceleration and taking your time for visions is what counts. One of them has been getting a clearer shape in recent years: My wife and I like flirting with the idea of offering farm holidays. Then you would probably hear the noise of my tractor more often than the one of my Harley.