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Cultivation Report 2021
32 Tyrolean organic farmers participated, 46 acres were cultivated on a total area of 21,6 ha.
22 fields were cultivated from own seeds, for 24 acres seed was purchased from the gene bank and Tiroler Saatbau.
Spring cereals were cultivated on 15 fields, winter cereals were harvested on 31 fields. Most of our participants did rely on Chrysanth Hanserroggen (rye) followed by Steiner’s Roter Tiroler Kolbendinkel (spelt).
The majority of farmers cultivated the cereal species for their own use as fodder grain, for bread baking or direct marketing. 2 farmers supplied Bioalpin with cereal, Bio Austria managed transport and quality check.
3rd of March 2022 Event
At the annual networking- and training event in Innsbruck about 20 persons participated, 15 persons participated online.
PDF Präsentation Alte und moderne Getreidesorten: Anbau und Ernährung (Heinrich Grausgruber) (German)
PDF Präsentation 100 Jahre Tiroler Genbank (Christian Partl) (German)
PDF Präsentation Tiroler Saatgut für artenreiche Begrünungen (Stefanie Pontasch) (German)
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.