The first growers became certified biocyclic vegan in 2017. Please see below the portraits of a number of operations that have been certified until today or that are preparing for biocyclic vegan certification. For approximately 30 certified farms in Greece and Cyprus the portraits are still to be published.
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
Mark van Hove
On his veganic farm, Mark van Hove grows a large variety of crops, particularly herbs, edible flowers, fruits, grapes and also sweet potatoes.
Mark van Hove’s farm is actually preparing to be certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and will soon be the first organic operation in Flanders to bear the Biocyclic Vegan Quality Seal.
Mark van Hove, Bekkevoort
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.
Foxystar Farm, Larnaca
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.
Georgios Georgiou, Limnátis
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
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 became certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard in 2021.
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
Christos Bougadis & Sons
Christos Bougadis is one of the first organic (and biocyclic vegan) orange growers in the region of Sparta/Peloponnese. He and his sons Giorgos and Panagiotis are specialised in growing the late-ripening varieties Lane Late and Valencia, which can be harvested well into midsummer and which are also distributed via a biocyclic vegan fruit box scheme. In this way the flourishing of their orange groves is an important contribution to the spread of biocyclic vegan agriculture in the region and beyond throughout Greece and even abroad.
Christos Bougadis, Sparta
Britta Herzog Organic Olive Grower
Since 2016, Dr. Britta Herzog has been an organic olive farmer in Greece. She certainly knows her olive trees, following all the steps of cultivation, harvesting and production in the oil mill. For Britta, sustainability, organic quality and taste go together in an ideal way. Her high-quality olive oils are produced in a biocyclic vegan way and bottled separately according the locations where they where harvested.
Britta Herzog’s olives groves became certified against the Biocyclic Vegan Standard in 2020.
Britta Herzog, Gythion
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.
Georgios Bougás’ farm is located in Aegion on the Gulf of Corinth on the north coast of the Peloponnese. Georgios has been cultivating his farm for many years according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and grows lemons, olives and oranges in an exemplary mixed culture. His farm is controlled by DIO (GR-BIO-001) according to the EU organic regulation and the Biocyclic Vegan Standard. He is a member of the Greek-Cypriot organic farm network PANHELLENIC BIOCYCLIC VEGAN NETWORK
Georgios Bougás, Aegion
Oiko Bio S. A.
Οικο Βιο Α.Ε. – Eco Bio S.A. is located in Northern Greece, outside the city of Veria in a part of the Macedonian plain, which is famous for its stone fruit cultivation, especially peaches and nectarines. The farm, founded by Othon Grigoriadis, produces a variety of products, specifically peaches, nectarines, pears, cherries, pomegranates, figs, walnuts, apricots and also vegetables such as hokkaido squash, potatoes, cabbages, broccoli, spinach, zucchini and peas.
In 2018 it was certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard.
Oiko Bio, Makrochóri Verías
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 became certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and is now the first certified biocyclic vegan operation in Italy.
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.
Zonnegoed is the first certified biocyclic vegan operation in the Netherlands.
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.
Bio Farmland became certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard in February 2021 as the first biocyclic vegan operation in Romania.
Bio Farmland, Județul Arad
Villands Vånga Veganträdgård
Villands Vånga Veganträdgård is a small scale veganic farm in the south of Sweden, founded by Peter Albrecht who has managed the farm without animal inputs for 10 years. Peter supplies market vegetables to local consumers and restaurants, and he also grows seeds for a seed firm that sells seeds to local small scale farmers in Sweden. During the farming season he organises veganic farming courses, farm tours and other educational events.
Villands Vånga Veganträdgård is preparing for biocyclic vegan certification.
Villands Vånga Veganträdgård, Villands Vånga
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.
In 2020 BioVegan Seeland became certified according the Biocyclic Vegan Standard as the first biocyclic vegan operation in Switzerland.
BioVegan Seeland, Büetigen
Northwood Farm is a 134 ha former beef and dairy farm in Dorset/England that is transiting to veganic cereal growing. When looking for the most suitable and economically viable way to fully convert to a veganic farming system, the owner, Laurence Candy, came across the Biocyclic Vegan Standard which perfectly matched his requirements, especially when it comes to the possibility of growing cereals and also with respect to a necessary transition period from animal husbandry to a fully plant-based farming system.
Now Northwood Farm is preparing to become certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard in September 2021.