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News → Cultivation Report 2020
In 2020 32 Tyrolean organic farmers participated, 45 acres were cultivated on a total area of 17,8 ha.
29 fields were cultivated from own seeds, for 16 acres seed was purchased from the gene bank and Tiroler Saatbau.
Spring cereals were cultivated on 13 fields, winter cereals were harvested on 32 fields. Most of our participants did rely on Steiner’s Roter Tiroler Kolbendinkel (spelt) followed by Chrysanth Hanserroggen (rye).
The majority of farmers cultivated the cereal species for their own use as fodder grain, for bread baking or direct marketing. 7 farmers supplied Bioalpin with over 19 tons of harvest, Bio Austria managed transport and quality check. The grain is going in different "BIO vom BERG" rye-, wheat- and spelt products – like flour, muesli and Schüttelbrot (type of flat bread). 1 organic farmer supplied Greenroot with cereal.
5th of March 2020 Event
At the annual networking- and training event in Innsbruck almost 60 persons participated, for the first time a school class of HBLFA Kematen was our guest!
All started about 15 years ago – organic farmers from the Wipptal (valley in Tyrol) breathed new life into the native cereal variety Obernberger Schwarzhafer. Seeds from the Tyrolean gene bank formed the starting capital for further propagation.
In ancient times Obernberger Schwarzhafer was grown to provide fodder for the traditionally horse driven trade over the Brenner pass. In the meantime several organic farmers harvest this almost forgotten black oat and even other native Tyrolean cereal varieties.
Results from the project are highly demanded "BIO vom BERG" products. The distillery Kostenzer exclusively offers Obernberger Black Oat Whisky. And also the zero waste shop Greenroot has native Tyrolean cereal varieties in stock.
Native cereal varieties and old breeds are robust and even grow on less intensive sites. Compared to modern varities the harvest volume is significantly lower. In harsh mountain regions the native tyrolean cereal varieties score with yield security.
Corn Cockle for Gardens: The corn cockle belongs to the arable flora and nowadays disappeared virtually completely from Tyrolean corn fields. We aim to spread the purple flowering plant in gardens of the region. In autumn 2019 and spring 2020 seed was available in small amounts (1 m2).