Our nature preserve
We did not arrive at our line of organic products out of marketing considerations. Rather, it was the logical continuation of Josef’s early interests. Because, already during his student years he had become involved with conservation and with nature, and has for many years been a member of the World Wide Fund for Nature, as well as belonging to the Austrian Conservation Union; even his graduate thesis was concerned with the subject of sustainability. Working together with the World Wide Fund and the state of Oberösterreich, Farthofer initiated a conservation project on his property in the lower Mühlviertel region in 1997.
There, various meadow-breeding fowl such as the corncrake, the whinchat and the red-backed shrike have settled in. The condition of the colonies is evaluated via annual monitoring by ornithologists of the WWF, and the project is designed to maintain a long-term reserve for these birds.
According to the current inspection of our twelve-hectare nature preserve in September 2017, conducted by independent ecologists from the state of Oberösterreich and from the Steiermark, the presence of various rare species of animal and plant life noted on the EU’s ‘Red List’ has been confirmed. Species found there include the sand lizard (Lacerta agilis), a cricket known as the wart-biter (Decticus verrucivorus) and rare plant varieties such as St John’s wort, (Hypericum sp.), wild basil (Clinopodium vulgare), wild thyme (Thymus sp.) and bloodwort (Potentilla errecta).
This tract of land is also home to our drinking water spring, where we obtain the crystal clear Urgestein-water for our noble spirits.