“I have always loved gardening. Even when travelling I enjoy working with vegetables and seeing how people in other parts of the world grow theirs. Now thanks to YouTube I can show other people how I grow my vegetables here in Tirol. I’m a bit of a sucker for crazy ideas – if I like the look of something then I will definitely have a go at it.
I am very interested in different types of the same vegetable and in ancient seeds. If I always buy my seeds from the same company then I always have the same vegetables, but if I create my own then I have vegetables that nobody else has. Plus you can decide yourself what the vegetables should be like and give each variety your own personal touch.
The best example is the “Tiroler Hosbohne”. It is a bean variety that is very specific to the region and can only be found in Tirol. The seeds I still use today came from some old farmers’ wives. In the past people said that when the Hosbohne was ripe it was a sign that summer had come. It gives you a real feel and taste of summer.”
Anton Baldauf – organic farmer
Two years ago Anton “Toni” Baldauf took over his parents‘ farm. He sells his vegetables at a number of markets, including the weekly market in St. Johann in Tirol. Though he admits that experimenting with different varieties and creating his own vegetables is a complicated business, he is quick to add that he wouldn’t change it for the world – but he would be open to the idea of pursing his dream job in another location. Where? “Maybe Jamaica,” he says with a smile.