Strassner Family Farms
Austria, Hungary, Romania
The company Strassner Family Farms is based in the east of Austria close to the Hungarian border. It consists of operations Austria, Hungary and Romania, of which the Hungarian divisions have already been certified as biocyclic vegan. Besides the standard arable crops, such as cereals, corn and soya, the operation produces pumpkin seeds and beans. In addition, the company restarted its wine growing branch in 2009.
Through intensive commitment and investment in renewable energies, Strassner Family Farms are CO₂ negative.
Harald Strassner, Pötschning
Foxystar Farm is an operation specialised in the production of pomegranates situated in the South of Cyprus in the beautiful semi-mountainous region between the cities of Larnaca, Lefkosia and Limassol. It was set up by Dr. Constantinos Constantinou who started to regenerate soil life and biodiversity in his stony orchards far away from any possible source of contamination.
Dr. Constantinou’s holistic approach made his pomegranates orchards become a flagship of Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture far visible not only in Cyprus but in all the Eastern Mediterranean.
Georgios Georgiou has been working as an organic farmer for 13 years and he became certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard two years ago. He grows vegetables for the local organic shops as well as various fruits such as Jaffa oranges, grapes, pomegranates, almonds, figs and nectarines. He also produces olives of the Koroneiki variety.
Giorgios Kailas is a young producer of olive oil in the village of Athienou, halfway between the port and cultural city of Larnaca and the divided capital of Cyprus, Nicosia.
Right on the demarcation line between the Turkish occupied and Greek parts of Cyprus, Giorgios practices biocyclic vegan agriculture at a military hotspot behind UN checkpoints, surrounded by former minefields and rusty barbed wire – a signal of peace and hope!
Giorgios Kailas, Athienou
Costas Economidis is an organic farmer from the village of Dasaki Achnas, not far from the south-eastern coast of Cyprus. He grows Jaffa oranges, lemons, mandarins (mandoras), pomegranates, olives, potatoes and hokkaido squashes.
His operation is an examplary family farm which is certified according to both the Naturland and the Biocyclic Vegan Standard.
Costas Economidis, Dasaki
Château La Rayre
The vineyards of Château La Rayre are located in the Dordogne region in the southwest of France. The winery became the first biocyclic vegan winery worldwide when it was certified as biocyclic vegan in 2018.
The prize-winning wines of Château La Rayre are mentioned in the most important wine guides and can be found on the wine lists of many top restaurants from France to Japan.
Vincent Vesselle, Colombier
Biohof Hund is located in the mild climate of Lake Constance in the foothills of the Alps, one of the most priviledged fruit growing regions in Germany.
“We were the first fruit growing operation in Germany to dedicate to biocyclic vegan agriculture. We are committed to a cyclical, vegan form of organic farming.”
Clemens Hund, Meckenbeuren
Stefan Geiger whose operation is based in the Lake Constance region, close to Biohof Hund and BIO-Obsthof Glocker, became certified in 2019.
“Our priority is to continuously and sustainably develop the cultivation. The certification according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard now makes our commitment visible to the outside world.”
Stefan Geiger, Nessenbach
Nikolaus Glocker, the owner of BIO-Obsthof Glocker, a large apple growing operation in the Lake Constance region, is working in close cooperation with his local partners Clemens Hund and Stefan Geiger.
“Through the incorporation of numerous innovations in farming methods and technology, we are working on the continuous improvement of our processes. We have been certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard since 2019.”
Nikolaus Glocker, Tepfenhart
For hundreds of years, the Gottschallerhof has been committed to responsible action to protect the natural environment. The attached bakery has been operational since 1435.
Nikodemus Gottschaller is preparing both his agricultural operation and his bakery for the biocyclic vegan certification.
Gottschaller Biohofbäckerei, Rotthalmünster
PlantAge is the first veggy coop in the Berlin Brandenburg area with the aim of a vegan organic self-sufficiency of its members.
It started its activities in 2019 and is now preparing to be certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard.
PlantAge, Frankfurt (Oder)
Stylianós & Efthymίa Kotrótsis
Stylianós & Efthymίa Kotrótsis (Stelios and Efi) from Koryfasio near Kalamata in Messinia, south-west Peloponnese, are organic farmers who at the same time run their own oil mill and their own bottling unit. Since 2013 they have been working according to the principles of biocyclic agriculture. Their fields and processing plants are certified according to both, the Naturland and the Biocyclic Vegan Standard.
Stylianós & Efthymίa Kotrótsis, Koryfasio
Biocyclic Park P. C.
In Southern Peloponnese, Biocyclic Park produces quality compost based on olive pomace, olive leaves and grape pomace using the Lübke-Hildebrandt method. After a multi-year refinement process, the compost turns into biocyclic humus soil, which is used on the company‘s premises for cultivation trials with a wide variety of crops.
Biocyclic Park, Kalamata
Proverbio is an organic farm with olive tree groves and its own oil mill in the west of Sicily, situated in the hills of Castelvetrano between the height of 50 and 350 meters above sea level. It was founded by Astrid Gambino who, originally from Austria, had bought the farm out of love for this extraordinary land and the desire of living in harmony with nature and the environment. Astrid’s ambition is to allow people far away experience the well-being created by the tastes and scents of natural organic olive from Sicily.
In November 2020 Proverbio has become certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and is now the first certified biocyclic vegan operation in Italy.
De Kromme Lepel
Growers Peet & Elza de Krom of the biodynamic farm De Kromme Lepel in Bergen op Zoom (Netherlands) have 10 years of experience in growing without using any inputs of animal origin such as manure and fertilisers.
Peet & Elza are preparing their agricultural operation for the biocyclic vegan certification.
De Kromme Lepel, Bergen op Zoom
Zonnegoed is a 90ha biodynamic vegetable farm located on former sea ground in the Noordoostpolder in the Dutch Province of Flevoland. For more than 20 years its owner, Joost van Strien, has been growing a large variety of crops such as potatoes, pumpkins, parsnips, carrots, beetroot, peas, green beans, sweetcorn and cut fertilizers (a mixture of luzerne, clover, grass and herbs). In 2020 he has decided to completely abandon the use of animal manure and to turn to a vegan form of cultivation.
At the moment Joost is preparing his farm for the biocyclic vegan certification.
Bio Farmland is an organic family operation in the western part of Romania. On 800 hectares of land, it produces cereals, herbal teas and mustard. It started in 2004 as an organic farm working on a completely plant-based manner without animal husbandry and strictly avoiding all inputs of animal origin.
The operation is preparing for biocyclic vegan certification.
Michel Arn, a qualified farmer, lives and works together with his wife Ruth Jenni and daughter Rina in the tranquil village of Büetigen in the Swiss lake district of Seeland. The farm comprises 21 hectares of arable land, 1.5 hectares of which are ecological compensation areas. From 2015 onwards, the farm has been managed according to the guidelines of Bio-Suisse.
Since 2020 Michel has been working according the Biocyclic Vegan Standard, preparing for the official certification before the end of the year.