Marialuise Stark has been growing organic apples in Alliz/Allitz in the Venosta/Vinschgau valley together with her husband for over ten years – a decision she has never regretted and would do over again and again.
Marialuise Stark grew up at Fallrohrhof farm as an only child. For her, it was always clear that she would someday take over the farm. In 2004, she married Martin Pohl. “And then he gave me an ultimatum,” grins Marialuise, “either we had to change over to organic cultivation or I would have to take care of plant protection measures myself.” Marialuise, now 33, remembers well that she didn’t take long to decide.
Today at Fallrohrhof, they grow organic apples on a total of 10 hectares. Marialuise speaks openly about spraying. Many consumers think that organic apples are not sprayed. In fact, the difference between conventional and organic cultivation is only in the type of plant protection measures. Organic farmers use, for example, lime sulfur instead of resorting to chemically and synthetically produced substances. Morover, organic fertilizers are used instead of herbicides and mineral fertilizers.
Marialuise enjoys working outside, and is happy to be her own boss. “It’s simply wonderful being able to work with my husband on the farm.”