Valentino Mercati Mercati
Alfredo Fasola Bologna
Paqui Ruiz Requena
Mª Jesús Gualda
Ignacio Néstares Rincón
Viera Marekova & Pavel Marek
The Bio-Saalberghof of Rasmus Berghaus was national prize winner 2008 in the competition "Agriculture creates cultural landscape" in Germany. All the animals live at the farm according to organic standards.
The Bio-Saalberghof is a certified agricultural organic enterprise, runs the European bio label and is a member of the organic farming organisation "Biokreis" since 2014.
Next to cattle, chicken, ducks and pigs are also kept. The pasturage is an important component for the quality of the meat of the red Höhenvieh.
The products are directly distributed to an in-house bakery partially owned by the family.
The enterprise is based on a conclusive and transparent system of sustainability, regionality and species-appropriate care in organic quality.
Farm Crone lies near the road L 655 between Werdohl (18.000 inhabitants) and Lüdenscheid (75.000 inhabitants). The enterprise is participant of the project "Agriculture to touch" and operates according to the principles of the integrated plant production.
The family enterprise Crone maintains meadow orchards, plants hedges, and lets field edges blossom. It contributes to the preservation of the cultural landscape and offers, besides the possibility to visit the premises in the frame of the direct sale, a yearly comprehensive education and information event with the nature conservation centre Märkischer Kreis: the Sauerland Apple festival.
The farm is a dehesa of oaks, grass and scrubland. It is managed by Mª Jesús Gualda, an ex-employee, dedicated exclusively to cattle breeding and the management of the rural hotel installed there. It took advantage of the old housing of the foremen that was in its place and it was rehabilitated with the respect of its original aesthetics, to make a high quality rural accommodation with a restaurant and room service. It offers special service that is to live the world of the bull from within, participate in daily tasks, and understand them.
The Haettelihof under the direction of Mr Schumacher is a treasure at the edge of the City of Constance, a Demeter farm with mother cattle keeping, a wild fruit collection, some goats, some chicken and sheep. The farm offers to people the possibility to immerse in the simplicity with all their senses. This offer is addressed to school classes and kindergartens. Also the customers - who buy the excellent meat - regularly get an idea of the agriculture, the landscape and animal keeping on-site.
On the side line, Mr Schumacher and Mrs Paluch started the farming business in 2000 with four cows. The farm grew with passion into the present day diversified living project with animal keeping, pedagogical offers, landscape preservation and nature conservation maintenance.
The Farm of Gregor Gomol
The farm is located in the southwestern part of Slovenia, in the Karst region of the Kočevje characterized by a large proportion of forests rich in wildlife, including a large brown bear population, continental climate and frequent water scarcity in the summer months. In the past, the area was inhabited by members of the German minority, who migrated during the Second World War. In the seventies and eighties, an attempt was made to revitalize this area, and in this time the farm was also established. The area is still among the economically weaker, with emigration of people and the abandonment of agriculture.
Aboca started its activity as an organic farm in 1978 from a vision of the founder, Valentino Mercati, matching innovation and medical herbs. In the beginning, the original idea was to provide pharmacies and herbalist shops with dry medical herbs. The following innovative steps consist of building up laboratories for research and analyses of active principles in plants for medical interest, and to produce natural pharmaceutical products authorized in 1984 as "Officina farmaceutica". Between the 1980’s and 1990’s, the distribution towards pharmacies expanded and in 2001 a phytochemical research laboratory was established. Today Aboca holds 1,500 ha of which 800 in Tiber valley and 700 in Valdichiana where 70 different plant species are cultivated following the organic farming methodology. This story can be inspiring for other entrepreneurs, as Aboca started as a small family farm in the 1970’s and now is a leading organic farm for the medical plants in Europe. The idea is a possibil to establish a medical plant district.
Farma pod Melichovou skalou
The farm "Farma pod Melichovou skalou" is located under the cliff of Melichova skala in the locality Skliarovo near the town of Detva, in the southern Podpoľanie region, central Slovakia. Vágner family moved here in 2005 and has been doing business in agritourism and dairy production since then. Their daily work means taking care of the landscape and producing high quality farm products. The family is proud of this approach. The traditionally used agricultural landscape offers, besides its attractive appearance, the possibility to pick up medicinal plants and fruits. The nearby protected area is interesting for its rocky cliffs and forest stands.
The Farm of Nestares Family
Nestares family owns a farm of vineyards and almonds. Since 2005 they began the process of transformation for production of quality wines adapted to the current market under the ecological management, offering experiences linked to the wine tourism. The farm is located in a mountainous area near the coast of Granada, it is a location full of possibilities from the point of view of wine production and the great attraction from the tourist point of view.Nestares family owns a farm of vineyards and almonds. Since 2005 they began the process of transformation for production of quality wines adapted to the current market under the ecological management, offering experiences linked to the wine tourism. The farm is located in a mountainous area near the coast of Granada, it is a location full of possibilities from the point of view of wine production and the great attraction from the tourist point of view.Nestares family owns a farm of vineyards and almonds. Since 2005 they began the process of transformation for production of quality wines adapted to the current market under the ecological management, offering experiences linked to the wine tourism. The farm is located in a mountainous area near the coast of Granada, it is a location full of possibilities from the point of view of wine production and the great attraction from the tourist point of view.
Graditz Stud Farm
The enterprise is based on a unique concept for healthy and natural beef meat on the Graditz stud farm with its wide grassland paddocks pasture parallelly the Hereford cattle of Mister Schneider. As horses pasture very selectively, cattle is held in optimal crop field. Through this combination, the corresponding biodiversity and structure of the partially over 300 years old grassland is preserved.
The grazing of horses and cattle has positive effects on the biodiversity of insects and plants. The pastures in Graditz therefore also consist of a great variety: 81 % grasses (at least 9 sorts) 14,6 % herbs (at least 17 sorts) and 4 % leguminous crops (at least 2 sorts). A comprehensive feeding basis of grassland is thus available throughout the whole year.
The enterprise is based on sustainability, regionality and 100 % species-appropriate keeping.
Farm Eredi Gradassi Andrea s.s.
The Eredi Gradassi Andrea farm, existing since 1639, is one of the oldest in the Umbria region. It covers about 150 hectares in the Spoleto Valley between the hill towns of Campello sul Clitunno, Spoleto, and Trevi. The company's main and historical activity is the production of extra-virgin olive oil obtained in the company's continuous mill from the local varieties of moraiolo, leccino, and pendolino grown on a property area of about 50 hectares and other 100 hectares rented with the total of about 15,000 plants. In the months of November and December the olives are harvested manually and pressed for natural cold dripping (Sinolea-Rapanelli method) within 24 hours of harvesting. The mill is also a point of reference for many other producers in the area. The average annual production of extra virgin olive oil is around 400,000 kilograms. The direct business management is carried out by the owner Carlo Gradassi with the assistance of his sons Andrea and Elisabetta.
Farma AFRA Odorica
Odorica – a small family ecofarm lies in an imaginary triangle of Levoča, Levočské Lúky and Spišský Hrhov, in the Medvedie Mountains, near the town of Levoča (UNESCO). The farm boasts a view over the Tatras National Park (about 50 km). Mrs. Zuzana Homolová is the third generation of her family interested in herbs planting and processing. The name AFRA includes not only the name of the founder Andrey Frank, but also the aim of the farm: "Alternative Phytology of Plant Adaptogens". Other business activities of the farm include production and sale of healthy and fresh products directly on the farm.
The Farm Vrhovc
Village Davča stretches in the pre-Alpine hills of western Slovenia, in an altitude between 850 m and 1000 m. There is an area of over three thousand hectares. It is considered the most stretched village in Slovenia, and the houses are scattered at an air distance of 10 km. Settlement includes solitary farms with a property in one place. It was inhabited in the 16th century and it now has about 300 inhabitants. The number of inhabitants remains stable. A road connection with the valley was established in 1960. In the past, it was often cut off from the world during floods. There is a popular ski centre near Davča.
The farm Etelka is located near the village of Prašník, in the western Slovakia. Mr. Martin Bagar, the owner of the family-run farm, works on the farm, does business in the construction field and stars in the reality TV show "Farm" where he is a central figure. The farm Etelka has become popular in Slovakia thanks to the show and currently attracts many visitors not only from the region but also from the abroad. The main farming activities include animals breeding - goats, cows (Jersey breed), pigs (the Mangalica), and production of goat milk products: milk, yoghurt, cheese, cottage cheese and Jersey Milk.
The Farm of Srečko Trbižan
The farm lies in a traditional wine growing region in the west of Slovenia above the Vipava valley near Ajdovščina. The valley is characterized by Mediterranean climatic influence, which comes from neighbouring Italy from the lowland of Padua. In addition to viticulture, farms in the valley and along the periphery also work on fruit growing and vegetable farming, and tourism is also gaining ground. Landscapes give a characteristic image of vineyard and a typical Primorska architecture is based on the use of stones. In addition to agriculture, they are engaged in multifunctional activities, or family members find employment in the valley towns in activities outside agriculture.
The Farm of Jesus Villena
We are located in Velez Málaga, in a place with a microclimate that allows the cultivation of subtropical products with mild temperatures throughout the year. The economic interest in avocado with very high prices is assuming a boom of plantations throughout the Axarquia, which is transforming a coastal landscape characterized by steep slopes. In this farm ecological management is developed, that is a minority among the producers of the area. The conviction of Jesus for the ecological values and for the protection and improvement of soil makes this farm an example to follow.
BioLiebert - organic farm of the Liebert family
At the organic farm of the Liebert family, everything revolves around the goat's stable in Geratshofen. The enterprise managers have decided to present their animals in a new manner, since goats still hold a role of exotic creatures in Germany.
BioLiebert is an organic demonstration enterprise. Transparency and the strengthening of the consciousness are important to the enterprise managers. Since it cannot be determined if the criterium "regional" permits an unrestricted consumption, the farm cultivates regionally and organically.
Paqui Ruiz Requena Farm
The greenhouse is located in the municipality of El Ejido on the Almeria coast, where the largest number of greenhouses in Europe is concentrated, its layout and number have earned the nickname of Plastic Sea and by its own merits is known as the Europe Vegetable Garden. The greenhouse in Almeria allows intensive agricultural production, being a driving force from the economic and social point of view, making it possible to keep the population and attract labor to a region that without this resource would depend exclusively on tourism. This case is an example of how the greenhouse can have a sustainable management, respecting the fauna and the soil, and constitute by itself an agricultural landscape worthy of consideration.
The family farm of Marekov Dvor is located near the village of Drábsko, in the part Sedmák, in the Veporské Mountains, about 1000 meters above sea level, in central Slovakia. Family of Marekovci has 6 members, of which three work at the farm. They provide experience-oriented accommodation - guests can be directly involved in the works at the farm. This is extremely interesting not only for domestic but also foreign visitors. The farm offers typical Slovak rural agritourism, which is still very rare in Slovakia. Visitors can also enjoy horse riding and horse training (in cooperation with the NGO of Vydra Čierny Balog).
Farm of Joseph Lehmenkühler
The enterprise is based on a close cooperation in a joint company with another farmer (Lehmenkühler Rotgeri GbR) for 25 years. The contact resulted from a regional working group of farmers. Even before, the enterprise was adjusted very cooperatively. Machines were bought in community, harvests collected jointly and the entrepreneurial exchange of farmers in these working groups has always been maintained. Since 2014, the sons of both directors have gotten in the company Lehmenkühler Rotgeri GbR. The enterprise is active in the following business segments: arable farming, pig farming and biogas. Today, around 180 ha are cultivated. The parcels have already been intensively planted for 10 years by both shareholders: Mr. Lehmennkühler and Mr. Rotgeri - in order to reach optimal cuts and sizes. Thus, the surfaces taken out of use, because they are difficult to access or for some other reasons difficult to cultivate, are placed at the disposal of nature conservation in the frame of existing funding programmes.
Včelí kRaj - the educational center is located near the village of Kokava nad Rimaviciou, in the Liešnica valley in the Stolické Mountains (central Slovakia). Včelí kRaj project started in 2013 as a project of the civic association kRaj. The apiary attracts visitors who are interested in beekeeping in a quiet and clean environment of a traditional farmland. The apiary offers also apitherapy. Traditional folk buildings contribute to the rural character of the apiary and new multifunctional constructions represent innovative conceptions.
The case study is on a livestock farm of Murcia-Granada goats with ecological management settled in an extensive pasture near the Guadalquivir river. In addition to the livestock activity, they have developed other related multifunctional activities such as cheese production with Caprinatura's own brand and direct sales at their own market place. They are also linked to training, facilitate internships for students linked to the field.
The Šenk Farm
The farm is located in the typical Alpine environment of the Kamnik Savinja Alps in the border region with Austria, at an altitude of 900 m. Due to the altitude, relief and alpine climate, agricultural land is dominated by grassland, pastures and associated livestock farming. Jezersko-solčavska breed of sheep originates from this area. In addition, forestry is still very important in the traditional agriculture of this region. The place is characterized by dispersed settlements with independent farms. Tourism is an important activity. It decreased slightly in former decades, but it has been gaining importance again. One of the important points of revival of tourism is the Šenk farm, which was completely rebuilt by a young couple a few years ago.
Inmaculada Jiménez - a beekeeper
Inmaculada Jiménez is a beekeeper that started in 2013 with 5 beehives and in 2015, when she was granted the help of incorporation to the agrarian company, she set up her beekeeping operation. It obtains honey and pollen and to a limited extent propolis. She would also like to learn how to extract royal jelly, but this is more complicated. She is dedicated to the sale of these products. She also carries out transhumance, since some farmers need bee pollination to considerably increase their production. She has her production in ecological conversion, which in the case of honey and its by-products, is one year. Finally, she teaches beginner courses in beekeeping.
The farm of about 160 hectares, is located in the surroundings of Perugia, capital of Umbria. The environment of Torre Colombaia is one of the last samples of “ranco”, a large secular wood owned for centuries by the Benedictine friars protecting the cultivations from stormy winds. In 1987 the traditional farm converted into organic agriculture to follow an ecological feeling of the owner Alfredo Fasola Bologna, a Political Sciences graduat with previous work experience in trade union. A farm house was restored to develop agritourism, also including a restaurant offering traditional recipes made of organic ingredients. Didactic farm activities are also offered to schools and ecological tourists based on organic farming and biodiversity learning by walking between the fields, the woods, and the pond, and observing natural landscapes, flowers and protected fauna.
Farm Emiliano Brandimarte Az. Agr. (Sibillini Ranch)
The Brandimarte family has been breeding horses for more than 30 years on the plateau of Castelluccio di Norcia 1,450 mt above sea level under the mount Vettore 2,476 mt, the highest pick of the Sibillini Montains. Emiliano’s grandfather started this activity of horse breeding and sale in 1985, when the only animal breeding in the area was based on sheep and the most of inhabitants were shepherds. The farm is based on 30 ha rented as pastures for horses, cattle, donkeys, and goats, while sheep breeding was abandoned due to frequent wolf assaults. 3.5 ha owned by the Brandimarte family is dedicated to hay and 2.5 ha to production of the famous Lentil of Castelluccio di Norcia (PGI).
Marijan Bavcon Farm
The town Cerkno lies in the west of Slovenia at the junction of the pre-alpine valleys, surrounded by steep, forested slopes at an altitude of 324 m. There are about 4700 residents of a municipality, 36 inhabitants per square kilometre. Farming is not very important economic activity. Some successful industrial companies are located in the area and in recent times the area has been increasingly devoted to tourism. There is a hotel with spa and some interesting tourist points nearby. The area is famous for the tradition of making lace and traditional carnival masks. The surrounding settlements are concentrated on slopes or in the wider parts of the valleys. There are usually part-time farms dealing with livestock and forestry. They try to connect tourism and agriculture through the introduction of local brands for some typical local products.
Esteban Moya, a farmer from Torres, province of Jaén
Esteban Moya is a farmer from Torres, province of Jaén, who spends 100% of his time in the field. He owns olive groves, cherry and almond trees in smaller quantities. His farms are within the Sierra Mágina Natural Park, which holds the certification of Protected Designation of Origin. All the extension of land are used for an ecological production. The crops are mostly located on slopes. He makes direct sale of his organic products through different ways.
The farm of about 28 hectares is located in the surroundings of Umbertide in the Province of Perugia, Region Umbria, an important agricultural area along the last part of upper Tiber Valley. Gianni Berna, the founder of Maridiana Alpaca, retired as a professional of cooperation projects in non-developed countries with a degree in economics and background in business management, travelled to Umbria, where the roots of his family are and was attracted to the beauty of an abandoned area of pastures with a group of farmhouses and rural buildings, a granary, a tobacco oven, and sheds. The aim of the project is to combine tradition and innovation starting with breeding traditional animals, sheep, and horses, but also introducing alpaca to produce natural fibers for home designed clothes.