Ernst Hofer is a passionately committed apple farmer, but that wasn’t always the case. Unlike his son Martin, who knew from the age of five that he wanted to become a farmer, it took Ernst longer for his passion to grow, in spite of the fact that the profession is deeply rooted in his family’s history.
The Larcherhof farm in Lana has been family-owned for over 180 years and is now in its seventh generation.

Together with his son Martin, Ernst has planted ten different apple varieties across a total of 8.5 hectares. In addition to the farm work, Ernst also leads farm tours and walks with the guests, while his wife takes care of the four holiday apartments.

"Glad to be ‘just’ a farmer"

Ernst has always liked taking on responsibility, first as a member of the Young Farmers’ Association, then in the Farmers’ Association, where he became the youngest member of the local council at the age of 26, and later deputy mayor of Lana.

Today he’s glad that he can be “just a farmer”. Every day, 365 days a year, he strolls through his orchards with his eyes wide open, because “a good farmer must tend to his apples once every day."