Since the late 1990s, BayWa Obst GmbH & Co. KG has been the contract marketer of 30 committed organic fruit growers who produce a colourful variety of pip fruit, berries and stone fruit on around 600 hectares in the mild climate of Lake Constance in the foothills of the Alps. These growers all operate according to the guidelines of organic farming. From the outset the partners joined organic associations such as Bioland, Demeter and Naturland. Since then, three of the farms were certified biocylic vegan and produced 1,500 tonnes of apples in the 2019 harvest.
“Our priority is to continuously and sustainably develop the culti-vation. The certification according to the Biocyclic Vegan Stand-ard now makes our commitment visible to the outside world.”–
Stefan Geiger, Nessenbach
“Through the incorporation of numerous innovations in farming methods and technology, we are working on the continuous im-provement of our processes. We have been certified according tothe Biocyclic Vegan Standard since 2019.” –
Nikolaus Glocker, Tepfenhart
“We were the first fruit growing operation in Germany to dedicateto biocyclic vegan agriculture. We are committed to a cyclical, vegan form of organic farming.” –
Clemens Hund, Meckenbeuren
Biocyclic vegan farming comprises numerous measures of organic production without the use of animal inputs. These include mechanical tillage and the promotion of soil fertility through active humus formation. Nesting aids as wellas specifically created forest strips create additional habitats for small animals and birds. To ensure the greatest possible biodiversity, organic fruit growers sow scientifically optimized flowering mixtures with around 30 different plant species to provide food and habitat for insects in particular.
The modern sorting and packing technology of the Ravensburg organic packing station guarantees market-oriented processing and high quality from collection to the customer.
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