"On living earth robust fruit trees grow and valuable fruits ripen for health-conscious people"
"Since the planting of the first meadow orchard in 1996, the part-time business run by me and my wife Marianne (housekeeper) has specialized more and more in the production, processing and marketing of orchard products, supplemented by 120 laying hens and 150-200 free-range geese and activities as an adventure farm " , Georg explains to us about his Bioland orchard Stöckl.
The orchard with over 1,200 standard trees can be found on 15 hectares of the farm. In addition, they cultivate a 5-hectare field with only one crop per year and a five-year crop rotation cycle. This is also the reason why Georg only delivers oats and spelled to us in two out of five years. He gets help with the harvest mainly from students who work for him as harvest hands.
Switch to organic
Georg and Marianne converted their farm to organic in 2000. They still find this exciting to this day: “It is exciting and at the same time relaxing to cultivate your land organically in the middle of an intensive agricultural environment. My motivation is to prove that the intelligent management of orchards not only has a beneficial effect on the landscape, on biodiversity and on soil, water and climate protection, but can also be economically worthwhile. With the cultivation of old apple varieties with transparent, honest working methods at all times and the processing/marketing of allergy-friendly apples and the naturally cloudy, full-fruit juices, we occupy a market niche and create a high-quality food range.”
40 years as an agricultural teacher
Georg Stöckl worked as an agricultural teacher and consultant for the Free State of Bavaria for 40 years, the last nine years of which as an organic farming consultant at the AELF in Neumarkt/Upper Palatinate. His son Lorenz joined the newly founded family GbR in 2020 as a part-time farmer. He works full-time as a master gardener and specialist in swimming pond construction.
You can find more information about the Stöckl orchard here .