The “Solawi” solidarity-farming concept is simple: consumers collaborate with local farmers to guarantee that a certain amount of produce is purchased. Both sides benefit as consumers receive fresh, regional goods from trusted farmers, shape the product range, and help preserve the cultural landscape and biodiversity. Meanwhile, farmers reduce their risk and increase awareness about quality and consumption.
When it comes to the Bregenzerwald, the push to buy organic, high-quality vegetables from the region instead of from wholesalers originated from the proprietor of the “Schwanen” organic hotel in Bizau. If you ask Emanuel Moosbrugger, such a step was long overdue. The Bregenzerwald is known for many things, but vegetable cultivation is not one of them. So in 2017, a garden was planted in Bizau opposite the hotel. They were supported by Johannes and Katharina, who changed careers and now run an urban gardening project in Zurich. The pair devised a concept covering everything from the vegetable beds to the planting of crops, which was perfectly coordinated to suit the “Wild Ladies” style of cuisine at the “Schwanen” hotel.