Styrian pumpkin seed products PGI
B&B Raritäten
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The project

Adopt a pumpkin field from "B&B Raritäten" in Eibiswald (Austria) and receive your harvest in the form of Styrian pumpkin seed products PGI at home. The Farmer Maria will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt a pumpkin field from "B&B Raritäten" in Eibiswald (Austria) and receive your harvest in the form of Styrian pumpkin seed products PGI at home. The Farmer Maria will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt a pumpkin field (29m²) from our farm in Eibiswald (Austria) that we have been cultivating since 2014 in accordance with the guidelines of the European protection of origin PGI. You adopt part of an oil pumpkin field with 29 m². This acreage offers space for around 50 pumpkin plants. Approximately 3 kg of dried oil pumpkin seeds can be harvested from this. The Styrian oil pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo var. styriaca) is a traditional field crop that is intrinsically linked with Styria. The typical Styrian pumpkin seed oil PGI with its nutty aroma and unique taste is made from the ripe pumpkin seeds. The characteristic thing about the oil pumpkin is the lack of the lignified seed coat, which is due to a mutation that happened in western Styria about 150 years ago. Due to the lack of the seed coat, the pumpkin seed can be enjoyed as a snack directly or pressed into oil. After ploughing in autumn, towing and harrowing in spring, the pumpkin seeds are sown with a pneumatic precision seeder at the end of April. The oil pumpkin is a warmth-loving crop. It is worth waiting for higher soil temperatures for sowing in spring. Depending on the warmth and humidity, the seedlings break through the surface of the soil after 1 to 2 weeks. Especially when the plants are young and until the canopy closes, it is essential to keep the crop free of weeds so that the pumpkin plants can make optimal use of the sunlight. This is done mechanically and, if necessary, manually. The first pumpkin flowers open in mid June. The large, yellow flowers in the field attract a large number of bees and other insects, which do an important part of the work, namely the pollination. The oil pumpkin ripens in late summer, in early September. This can be recognised by the desiccated vegetative plant parts and the impressive yellow-orange, striped fruits that adorn the fields at this time. For harvest, the fruits are pushed together with a tractor so that they can be picked up by the harvesting machine. Nowadays the harvest is carried out with the help of a regional contractor with specially developed and adapted harvesting machines. The pumpkins are picked up from the field into the machine using a so-called “hedgehog”. This is a big rotating drum with sharp spikes on it. The fruits are broken in the machine's crusher and the kernels are sieved out. Subsequently the oil pumpkin seeds are washed and dried. This means they can be stored and are ready for further processing. The main variety on our farm has been GL Rustikal for years. As the name implies, it is a very robust, disease-tolerant variety that produces very good grain qualities. The oil content of the pumpkin seed is up to 50%. We produce the Styrian pumpkin seed oil according to the specification as Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) pursuant to EC Regulation 1263/96 ECJ L 163/19 ff/96. The quality regulations of PGI ensure that the value chain from arable production to oil pressing takes place in the defined area and that a defined production process is also used. In addition, the PGI also guarantees that the oil is 100% pure. One of the specialities of our product is the manual processing of the oil pumpkin seeds into pumpkin seed oil. The oil extracted from the kernels is freshly pressed as needed at a traditional oil mill in the neighboring village. The historic oil mill was founded more than 100 years ago and only minor technical changes have been made to the processing of the oil since it was founded. Thus, our oil is still pressed in a traditional and historical way, as it was a long time ago.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 2x __Styrian pumpkin seed oil PGI__ (0.5 l each, oil can) 1x __Styrian pumpkin seeds NATURE__ (100g, paper bag) The __Styrian pumpkin seed oil__ is processed from dried pumpkin seeds into pumpkin seed oil immediately before delivery. Thus, the entire taste is freshly packaged. The oil is pressed in a traditional oil mill in the neighboring village. To obtain oil, the pumpkin seeds are ground, roasted in a pan on a wood-burning oven, salted and prepared for the pressing process. During pressing, up to 120 bar pressure acts on the roast cake, which releases the intensely dark green oil and slowly runs into an oil can. All these steps are accompanied by a pleasant nutty scent, which can be found again in the resulting pumpkin seed oil. After pressing, the oil has to cool down and rest for a good 14 days so that suspended matter settles on the ground. Then the oil is ready for bottling. Since the pressing takes place without adding heat, the pumpkin seed oil is considered cold-pressed oil. The Styrian pumpkin seed oil is characterised by its nutty scent, the unique taste due to the roasted aromas and the unique pressing process, the viscosity and the hearty, dark green color. We Styrians use it together with apple cider vinegar as a marinade for all kinds of salads, to refine and garnish dishes such as soups, sterz (polenta) and scrambled eggs, but also to give desserts such as cakes the typical pumpkin seed oil taste. We love to combine it in a salad of original PDO "Styrian runner bean", which you can adopt in our other [CrowdFarming project](https://www.crowdfarming.com/en/farmer/bb-raritaeten/up/buy-styrian-scarlet-runner-beans-bb-raritaeten). The pumpkin seed oil can be stored for up to one year after pressing if it is protected from heat and light. After opening the oil can, it should be used up quickly. When using and processing, it should be noted that the pumpkin seed oil is sensitive to heat and therefore cannot be used for frying or deep-frying. The dried and hand-sorted __NATUR pumpkin seeds__ can be stored dry and protected from light for up to one year. They are a delightful occasional snack. Chopped pumpkin seeds are also a tasty topping to salads. But they can also be finely chopped in breadcrumbs and used in desserts; for example as a partial substitute for walnuts or almonds. We traditionally have pumpkin seed vanilla cookies for Christmas! :-)
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. The oil pumpkin is harvested in late summer, early September. We will start further processing and oil extraction from the end of December. The finished harvest boxes will be handed over to the logistics partner in mid February and should arrive at your home at the beginning of March 2021 at the latest.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
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Maria Bernhart
My name is Maria Bernhart and together with my partner Gerald Binder we have been managing Gerald's family's farm in beautiful southwest Styria in Austria since 2013. We devote ourselves to agriculture because our grandparents and parents taught us the importance of producing food. We want to create awareness that the ability to get everything in the supermarket at any time should not be taken for granted and that the supply of food is a basic human need that must not be wasted. As luck would have it, we both had a connection to agriculture since we were children, as both of our parents ran an agricultural farm. We were taught early on how to work in the field, with animals and plants and how to work with respect for nature and climate. Family cohesion on a farm was and is an important part of agriculture. We both have degrees and professional training and work that we pursue. We currently run our farm as a side business. The division of work is therefore very important in order to be able to do everything on time. Most of the work relating to field preparation and maintenance is done by Gerald's father. His many years of experience help us a lot to carry out sustainable soil cultivation. I take over the organisational part. This includes marketing, orders, records and information exchange to keep operations “up to date”. Gerald takes over the technical part including cultivation, harvest, storage and quality control. When harvesting and processing we are in the fortunate position that our family members support us so actively at all times, especially as season peaks. Especially the time of the manual bean sorting in the winter months is a sociable and fun time for us :-)! Our paths crossed 13 years ago and since then we have been walking them together. In 2013 we took over the farm from Gerald's parents. Since then we have focused on crops such as the oil pumpkin and Scarlet Runner Beans, which until then were only grown for personal use. At the beginning we cultivated small test fields in order to gain experience, both with the cultivation and with the treatment and processing of products. Every year we have expanded and intensified our cultivation areas. This has enabled us to build up regular customers in the local area in recent years. With our on-farm sales, we are in direct contact with our customers. Your feedback is an important source of information for our product quality. Together with CrowdFarming, we hope to be able to make our products known far beyond the borders of Styria. We want to use the modern sales opportunity, the release for adoption of defined units of arable land to the CrowdFarmer, and hope that this is a good building block to make our farm more sustainable. We see CrowdFarming as an opportunity to expand our mainstay in agriculture and to make our family farm of limited size fit for the future and to maintain tradition.
Maria Bernhart

"We want to create awareness that the ability to get everything in the supermarket at any time should not be taken for granted and that the supply of food is a basic human need that must not be wasted."

B&B Raritäten
B&B Raritäten
Our farm has been called B&B Raritäten since we took it over from Gerald's parents in 2013. B&B is made up of the two surnames Maria Bernhart and Gerald Binder and symbolises our common future (life) path. We are a team of two. The term “Raritäten” translated means “rarities” and illustrates that we have moved away from the cultivation of conventional arable crops such as corn and cereals towards specialties and rarities, especially in vegetable growing. For our intention, the cultivation of the Styrian oil pumpkin PGI and the Styrian Scarlet Runner Bean PDO have offered themselves, as these have been grown for generations to supply family and friends. It is our aim to carry these wonderful products beyond the small village boundaries. In addition to these, we like to try new and exotic things. These include, for example, watermelons, ground cherries and peanuts, which also grow well here. Our parents' farm is located in the middle of a small village consisting of 10 farms in Eibiswald, in South-West Styria. In the course of modernisation and adaptation to the future needs of selling directly from the farm, we decided to relocate our farm site from the village area for reasons of space. In the spring of 2020, we started to set up new facilities “in the countryside”. We are planning the completion of our new home with the associated working and storage spaces as well as a new on-farm sales point for summer 2021. Styria is known as the “green heart” of Austria. The reason for this is the forest share of over 60%. The hilly landscape of south-west Styria is covered with cultivated arable land (corn, grain, oil pumpkin); lush green meadows and forests are also part of it. Due to the favorable location in the illyric climate region, wine is also widely grown on the hillsides. The further you get to southwest Styria, the smaller the farms are. Running waters, brooks and small streams are mostly overgrown and therefore offer animals untouched places to live. In the vicinity there is the Koralpe, a mountain range of the Alps with a height of approx. 2000 m, which separates the provinces of Styria and Carinthia. In the south there is the border to Slovenia, approx. 10 km away. The capital of Styria, Graz, the second largest city in Austria, is approx. 55 km away. With small scale agriculture it has become more and more difficult in the past few years to withstand the economic pressure, as a result of which the farm dying has been particularly noticeable in our region recently. As a result, more and more young people are leaving their homes and moving to the city. We want to counteract this trend and try to build an economic pillar for our farm with our products. Gerald and I met in 2007. In 2013, Gerald's parents passed the farm on to both of us, as his father received from his grandfather several years before. Even if the farm has already been handed over, the support from the parents' many years of experience is very valuable to us. My parents also own a farm, which means that we both grew up close to nature. Our farm has been run as a small family farm for generations. A cohesion and working together of the generations was and is a matter of course. Since the takeover, our focus has been on the production of oil pumpkin and Scarlet Runner Beans. The special thing about the Scarlet Runner Bean is that it is a historically important source of protein for human consumption in our region. The seeds were grown for decades by their great-grandparents and the most beautiful and best beans were used as seeds year after year. For marketable production, we have converted on our farm the traditional cultivation on bars in the garden into a mixed culture. This means that corn and beans are grown in the same field. This combination makes work easier and larger quantities can be harvested. So we can not only produce this bean for our own use, but also offer it for sale. The oil pumpkin has also been part of our farm for as long as Gerald can remember, in order to produce the “black gold of Styria” from it. Formerly, only small acreages were grown to cover their own needs. When he was a child, his grandmother also grew the oil pumpkin in the corn field. In autumn the harvest took place in the field over several days. The pumpkins had to be collected by hand, chopped up and the seeds cleaned in buckets. The whole family was assigned to this. Then the seeds obtained had to be washed and dried. The oil is still pressed in a traditional oil press in the neighboring village. The nutty taste of the freshly pressed oil is simply indescribable! Nowadays, the harvesting and downstream processes to obtain the dry seeds are carried out mechanically together with contractors, which means that larger quantities can also be produced for sale. For this purpose, special harvesting machines and techniques have been developed that enable harvest in time. Due to our geographically favorable location, the water to supply our crops comes from natural irrigation through rain (no artificial irrigation). We are a conventionally working farm. However, we have set ourselves the goal of focusing on sustainability and the circular economy in conventional agriculture in order to minimise the use of pesticides and mineral oil-based products. We are careful to keep the resources used as low as possible. We live the principle of “repair” instead of “new” at our farm. As farmers, we have a responsibility to pay particular attention to sustainability. Especially in the forest, with fertilisation, crop rotation, to name just a few examples. We manage biodiversity areas such as permanent grassland or orchards. A late mowing of meadows gives the plants and animals adequate time and habitat for their development. All of the energy for heating and hot water on the farm comes from using wood from our own forest. The forest is managed sustainably. After a tree has been felled, approx. 10 young trees are planted for reforestation. However, planting is often not necessary when the natural regeneration of the forest is sufficient. In our experience, organic waste is never produced on a farm, it just has to be used adequately. Most of the plant parts that are not required remain in the field after harvest and serve as fertiliser for the subsequent crop. In addition, products that are not suitable for sale are fed to the farm's chickens or composted for manure. For us, the economic survival of our farm is the main goal. Thus, a salary is difficult to define. In our opinion, the aim should be that agricultural work is recognised and appreciated by the community, which should be reflected in the product price in a fair and equitable manner. A direct sale to the end consumer, as implemented by CrowdFarming, is a big step in this direction.
Technical information
Address
B&B Raritäten, Eibiswald, AT
Altitude
368m
Team
4
Size
17ha
Cultivation technique
Dry farming
Location