Agriculture

We strive to run our farm as a living and unique organism, inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual-scientific foundations for successful farming (Geisteswissenschaftliche Grundlagen zum Gedeihen der Landwirtschaft) and the Goethean findings on nature. In our efforts to adopt a holistic approach, we must not only consider the physical forces of nature, but also the creative forces of the cosmos. By attentively observing nature, we bring life to our day-to-day work and its products.

Biodynamic farming is the only cultivation method which gives back more to our environment than it takes away from it. The closed cycle of farming, extensive landscape elements, pastures and livestock restores natural humus formation in our soil.

Taking responsibility for the health of people and the soil demands more than just avoiding chemicals, more than composting and creating green manure – it also requires us to actively support and shape the life processes.

Rare and ancient varieties

In order to maintain our healthy soils, we put emphasis on sensible crop rotation, so we cultivate many completely different species and varieties.
Spelt, oats, rye, winter and summer barley, winter and summer durum wheat, millet, corn and buckwheat – all of them are cleaned and stored at the farm, then directly passed onto mills.

The ancient species of wheat such as Einkorn, summer and winter Emmer or Kamut (more commonly known as Pharaoh’s wheat) are highly valued on our farm. These varieties have become extinct in classic agriculture and could only be propagated through individual farms. They contain valuable substances of much higher quality.

Our grains are a reflection of the pure and unaltered course of the year, since we do not irrigate and sometimes harvest smaller yields with higher protein levels.

Our orchards

Our Pannonian mixed farm is also home to an apple orchard where we cultivate apples of the “Topaz” variety. The cultivar fits in beautifully in this part of the world. The cool autumn nights cause the skin to develop an exceptionally bright red colour. Thanks to their natural resistance against apple scab disease, Topaz apples are especially suitable for biodynamic farming and hardly require any protective treatments.

Between the trees, cover crops create a precious biotope. The Topaz cultivar is known for being particularly suitable for storage, and only develops its full flavour profile after a few weeks of storage. Due to its high levels of fruit acid and its intensive aroma, this variety is considered in many places as an insider’s tip when it comes to good quality fruit.