The Straumann brothers produce and sell organic and diversified vegetables, promoting little-known varieties in particular.
Life project and professional project!
Agro-ecology is based on the synergy between plants and animals: the black Alsace hens eat insects, the bees pollinate the fruit trees. Vegetables interact to protect each other and grow in symbiosis. Aromatic herbs such as rosemary, thyme, basil, lavender and tarragon grow side by side with medicinal plants such as chamomile, lemon balm and valerian.
In this ecosystem, the brothers grow tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, radishes, beans and turnips, opting for older varieties that many have forgotten. Manure and compost enrich the soil naturally. The soil-damaging plough has been banished in favour of the chisel plough, a tool that loosens and aerates the earth.
And the future?
” We plan to start planting fruit trees soon. We are also completing the installation of ten new bee hives and beginning construction of a greenhouse high tunnel.” These tunnels allows producers to get a head start on the start of a new season and gain a month of growth.
Any advice for young entrepreneurs?
“Prepare your project well and analyse every aspects: feasibility, competition, opportunities, legal issues, choice of suppliers… Also, train yourself and communicate. But above all, be passionate about the profession you have chosen.”
For the Straumann brothers, these things are at the heart of making your idea a reality.
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France Active Alsace