organic pumpkin seed products
Mostviertler Bio-Kürbishof Metz
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The project

Adopt a pumpkin field from "Mostviertler Bio-Kürbishof Metz" in Haag (Austria) and receive your harvest in the form of organic pumpkin seed products at home. The Farmer Karin 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 "Mostviertler Bio-Kürbishof Metz" in Haag (Austria) and receive your harvest in the form of organic pumpkin seed products at home. The Farmer Karin 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 (60m2) that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union certified since 2018. You adopt a piece of pumpkin field (60m²) on which we will grow the seeds of the Gleisdorfer oil pumpkin at the beginning of May. We use an adapted pneumatic seeder for this and sow the pumpkin seeds directly into the prepared soil. With sufficient rain and soil warmth, the plants will germinate within 5-10 days. The care work begins after three to four weeks. We chop between the rows of pumpkins with a chopper to loosen the soil, bring oxygen into the soil and keep the weeds out. Between the pumpkin plants in the row, this work has to be done manually. You only have a few weeks for this maintenance work, as the pumpkins will soon start to tend and then cover the entire floor. We expect a harvest of 40-60 pieces of pumpkins on your piece of field (corresponds to 2.5-4 kg of pumpkin seeds. Oil Pumpkin cultivation in Austria originated in Styria, where the production of pumpkin seed oil dates back to the 18th century. What is special about the Oil Pumpkin seed is that it is the only one that does not have a woody shell around the seed and is therefore very suitable for nibbling and for oil pressing. The pumpkin came to our fields in the beautiful Mostviertel in Lower Austria in 2000 because we were so enthusiastic about the many different types of pumpkins and wanted to make first attempts with this culture, which was at that time untypical for our region. In the meantime, our range includes over 150 different types of food and ornamental gourds and, of course, on the Oil Pumpkin, from the seeds of which the pumpkin seed oil is pressed according to the traditional method. We are particularly pleased that we got the gold medal for our organic pumpkin seed oil when we take part at the annual “Ölkaiser“ awards. So we always receive confirmation that our oil is one of the best in Austria! This is also a sign of how close we are to natural production, the highest quality in processing and freshness. Our farm has always been run as a family business. Together with my parents, my husband Raimund and our three children, we live in a typical Mostviertel „Vierkanthof“ (square farm). Since the farm was taken over in 2015 from my husband and me, we have managed the farm organically and have been certified since 2018.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 1 x __600g organic pumpkin seeds natural__ (in a bag) 1 x __0.5l organic pumpkin seed oil__ (dark glass bottle) 3 x __100g organic pumpkin seed pesto__ (glass jar) The pumpkin seeds are harvested from the fully ripe Oil Pumpkins, washed and dried. If stored appropriately (dry) they can be kept for at least one year. They can simply be nibbled, but they also taste good on bread, in salads, in muesli. The pumpkin seed oil is pressed from the kernels of the oil gourd using the traditional method. The pumpkin seeds are ground, roasted and pressed. We then fill the pumpkin seed oil into the dark bottles after a week's settling time to protect it from light. The ideal storage temperature for pumpkin seed oil is 14-18 ° C. So it doesn't have to be in the fridge. It is stable for at least one year after pressing. We love our pumpkin seed oil with every salad - especially green leafy salads or tomato salad. It also tastes very good with sheep or goat cheese, tomatoes and mozzarella, as well as in the egg dish or over the cream soup. A dash of pumpkin seed oil with vanilla ice cream is a special treat! Our pumpkin seed pesto is prepared from the pumpkin seeds, the pumpkin seed oil and some garlic, herbs and spices. It is ideal for quick cuisine with pasta and tastes sensationally mixed in spreads, with cheese, in dip sauces or grill sauces or just on fresh bread! Once the jar is open, it should be kept in the refrigerator. The kernels sink to the bottom, the oil is on top and so it preserves wonderfully and lasts for weeks after opening - unless it is eaten beforehand ;-)!
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. We usually harvest our Oil Pumpkin seeds in September / October. After drying and cleaning, it usually takes a few weeks until we have the oil in bottle. So you will be able to receive your master box by the end of November.
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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How does it work?

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Adopt and plan your harvest

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Let the Farmer and nature work

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Receive your harvest at home

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Karin Metz
My name is Karin Metz. From childhood I knew that I would like to become a farmer on my parents' farm. Good agricultural training was an important prerequisite for me. The many opportunities on a farm to try something new every year, working with nature, sowing, growing and harvesting in the year have always fascinated me. I enjoy using my talents and skills and being able to fully realize myself on our farm. My husband Raimund also comes from an agricultural arable farm and so this topic also connects us. After completing our schooltime, we both worked outside the agricultural sector: I was in consultancy, Raimund in a freight forwarder. We were therefore able to gain experience and still always had the desire to work full-time at home. We have always enjoyed trying new things. So we tried new cultures every year. My parents always supported us. One day Raimund came home from a field trip and suggested that pumpkins be grown. Our first harvest was used to decorate our wedding table. We offered the rest next to the street on our first self-service stand. Our customers soon asked about pumpkin seed oil, which is why we also grew the Oil Pumpkin in addition to the squash and ornamental gourds. And so we can look back on 20 years of experience in pumpkin cultivation and were able to expand this branch of business very well. Our daily work is never common. The tasks of our family always change, which is exactly the nice thing about our work. My area is mainly with my mother in processing (making pesto, filling oils, labeling, bagging kernels, ...), preparing for sale, delivering or standing on the market, receiving excursions, farm shop sales, office work, household, garden, Children, field work (chopping, harvesting), etc. - wonderfully varied. The men are at the tractor, in the workshop, preparing for sale, oil presses, etc. We would very much like to participate in CrowdFarming because we think the idea is brilliant. The direct route of high-quality products made with a lot of love and enthusiasm from the field to the customer with the greatest possible transparency and trust - that's a great thing. We are pleased about the support of the CrowdFarmers that we can continue to operate as a family business in a sustainable manner and thus pass on our children a livable business with healthy soils and lively flora and fauna. Thinking in generations has always been important to us. The necessary mutual appreciation in the family, between people and nature, as well as between producers and consumers is the most important prerequisite for this. That's why the CrowdFarming idea fits us well!
Karin Metz

"From childhood on, I knew that I wanted to become farmer on my parents' farm. Our farm offers a great opportunities to grow - whereby openness to new ideas, new cultures, new cooperation, flexibility, respect for nature, gratitude and the preservation of our health will be essential ingredients for a good future."

Mostviertler Bio-Kürbishof Metz
Mostviertler Bio-Kürbishof Metz
The “Mostviertler Bio-Kürbishof Metz” is still relatively young - but not the farm, the house, the agriculture! The history of our „Vierkanthof“ goes back several centuries. We know our ancestors by name until 1630, but there are indications that agriculture was already practiced here in Roman times. My grandparents' life's work was to build our new farmhouse. At that time mainly grassland with cattle and dairy farming was practiced. My parents shifted the focus of their business to pig farming and agriculture. And we came up with the idea of ​​growing pumpkins and switched the farm to organic in 2015. Our farm is located in the middle of the rolling hills of the Mostviertel and belongs to the municipality of Haag, Heimberg, Lower Austria. Geographically, we are on the border with Upper Austria - more precisely between Vienna and Salzburg. Our fields are framed by old rows of pear trees, which are very typical of our region and offer a natural spectacle in the spring during the flowering period. In addition to the variety of pumpkins, our fields also grow cereals and field beans, as well as other oil plants such as rapeseed, linseed and hemp, from which we press cold-pressed oils. Our region is characterized by grafting - the farmers keep pigs, cattle, dairy cows, chickens - the deep, loamy fields provide the fodder for the animals. In many cases, however, the farmers are also sidelined or look for niches such as direct marketing or through services such as the use of machinery outside of the company. Our farm has also changed over time due to different orientations. Each generation has always adapted what suits the resources, what can be marketed well, but above all what suits the people who were or are in business, what interests them, what gives them pleasure, what they are good at. I have been at our company since I was born and I am impressed by how much it has always adapted. We had cows, bulls, chickens, pigs - at the moment we are concentrating on agriculture and the direct marketing of crops and our stables are (almost) empty - apart from the two pigs and 16 chickens for our own supply. Water: On the subject of water supply, we can say with great happiness and gratitude that we do not have to irrigate our fields, because the rainfall has still come in the right amount at the right time, which has become increasingly critical in recent years. For our drinking water supply we have our own well with the best groundwater quality. Operations management: Our company has been certified organic since 2018. We know that our soil and the soil organisms living in it are our most valuable asset that needs to be protected and promoted. For this, we pay attention to an appropriate crop rotation as well as a year round green cover with catch crops. Harvest residues are worked into the soil so that earthworms and microorganisms are well fed and cared for. The weed regulation happens depending on the culture through repeated use of weeder or hoe, by hand as well as by undersowing. On the edges of the field, grass strips grow around rows of trees that are home to beneficial organisms and birds. We use renewable energy through a photovoltaic system on the roof of our warehouse, generate our hot water with a solar system and heat our house with wood chips from our own forest. Work at the company: The main work of our company is done by our family. My father and my husband take care of the work in the field and the maintenance of the machines, my mother and I do the maintenance, processing and marketing. Every year 2-3 holiday interns from agricultural schools help us with pumpkin harvesting and care, and we offer them the opportunity to gain insight into the various areas on our farm. Our helpers are paid according to the applicable employment contracts and may also live with us. Waste: In the Oil Pumpkin harvest, only the pumpkin seeds are harvested. The flesh remains on the field and becomes valuable feed for the soil organisms and later for humus. After washing and drying, the pumpkin seeds can be pressed directly into pumpkin seed oil. For the nibble kernels, they are subjected to a sorting, where the not so beautiful or broken kernels are sorted out and then come back to the oil product. This means that every part of the Oil Pumpkin is used in a valuable way.
Technical information
Address
Mostviertler Bio-Kürbishof Metz, Haag, AT
Altitude
380m
Team
2
Size
50 ha
Location