June 14 – 15, 2023

Mee­ting point

for orga­nic agriculture

Orga­nic farm Gries­ha­ber & Schmid, Dit­zin­gen – Hirschlanden

Öko-Feldtage (Organic Field Days) 2023

From June 14 to June 15 2023 the fourth natio­nal Orga­nic Field Days will be held at the orga­nic farm Gries­ha­ber and Schmid GbR near the town of Dit­zin­gen in the sta­te of Baden Württemberg.

The Orga­nic Field Days pro­vi­de a uni­que com­bi­na­ti­on of prac­ti­ce and rese­arch in orga­nic agri­cul­tu­re and ani­mal hus­bandry. The bien­ni­al event exhi­bits inno­va­tions and dis­cus­ses cur­rent topics with far­mers and repre­sen­ta­ti­ves from poli­tics and business.

The last three edi­ti­ons of the Orga­nic Field Days took place in 2017, 2019 and 2022. Moti­va­ted by the over­whel­ming suc­cess of the­se events the well-estab­lished coope­ra­ti­on of part­ners behind the pro­ject will con­ti­nue their work in 2023. The FiBL Pro­jek­te GmbH is the orga­nis­er of the Orga­nic Field Days 2023 and is sup­port­ed by its co-orga­nisers – the Minis­try of Food, Rural Are­as and Con­su­mer Pro­tec­tion Baden-Würt­tem­berg and its sta­te insti­tu­tes, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hohen­heim and the Foun­da­ti­on for Eco­lo­gy and Agri­cul­tu­re (SÖL).

Öko-Feldtage 2022 at the Gladbacherhof

On 28th until 30th June 2022, more than 11000 visi­tors atten­ded the third Öko-Feld­ta­ge in Ger­ma­ny. Our Video shows the spe­cial atmosphere.

How it started

2017 more than 8000 visi­tors atten­ded the first ever nati­on­wi­de Öko-Feld­ta­ge in Ger­ma­ny. The Orga­nic Field Days 2017 und 2019 took place at the Hes­si­an sta­te domain Fran­ken­hau­sen, the tea­ching and test ope­ra­ti­on of the uni­ver­si­ty of Kas­sel. The 2019 two-day event was atten­ded by 11.000 visi­tors. One third of the visi­ting far­mers work­ed in the con­ven­tio­nal sec­tor. The third Orga­nic Field Days moved in 2022 to the Glad­ba­cher­hof (agri­cul­tu­ral hol­ding of the Hes­si­an Sta­te) near the town of Vill­mar, whe­re the Uni­ver­si­ty of Gie­ßen ope­ra­tes its insti­tu­te for rese­arch and expe­ri­ments in orga­nic agri­cul­tu­re. The next orga­nic Field Days will move fur­ther south to the sta­te of Baden-Würt­tem­berg and will be held at the orga­nic farm Gries­ha­ber & Schmid in Dit­zin­gen-Hirsch­lan­den, clo­se to Stuttgart.

The Öko-Feltage as a platform

The nati­on­wi­de Öko-Feld­ta­ge (“Orga­nic Field Days”) are a two-day mee­ting point for orga­ni­cal­ly working far­mers as well as all far­mers inte­res­ted in new methods for envi­ron­men­tal­ly fri­end­ly agri­cul­tu­re. The event offers an ide­al plat­form whe­re cur­rent topics can be dis­cus­sed with prac­ti­tio­ners and repre­sen­ta­ti­ves from poli­tics and eco­no­my. The so cal­led inno­va­ti­on show demons­tra­tes the cur­rent sta­te of orga­nic far­ming and whe­re it is heading.

Visi­tors can get a broad pic­tu­re about inno­va­tions in agri­cul­tu­ral tech­no­lo­gy, plant cul­ti­va­ti­on, ani­mal hus­bandry and rese­arch. Com­pa­nies, asso­cia­ti­ons and orga­ni­sa­ti­ons pre­sent seeds, crop varie­ties, agri­cul­tu­ral tech­no­lo­gy, inputs, ani­mal feed, sta­ble con­s­truc­tions, con­sul­tancy ser­vices and much more. Unli­ke “clas­sic” field days in Ger­ma­ny, the Orga­nic Field Days include per­spec­ti­ves on live­stock far­ming and ani­mal hus­bandry. Com­bi­ned in cir­cu­lar eco­no­my sys­tems the­se are important com­pon­ents of orga­nic agri­cul­tu­re. The Orga­nic Field Days pro­vi­de per­spec­ti­ves on the enti­re sys­tem of orga­nic far­ming with inno­va­ti­ve ope­ra­ting con­cepts, cul­ti­va­ti­on sys­tems and modern ani­mal hus­bandry in all its diversity.

Latest news on organic farming

The pro­gram of the Öko-Feld­ta­ge pres­ents the per­fect mix­tu­re of prac­ti­ce and rese­arch and all the latest news on orga­nic far­ming. The latest agri­cul­tu­ral tech­no­lo­gy is on dis­play in num­e­rous machi­ne demons­tra­ti­ons of hoes, har­rows, rakes, GPS and came­ra-gui­ded machines.

Many inno­va­ti­on examp­les show pre­sent pro­to­ty­pes and new deve­lo­p­ments. The latest fin­dings on chal­lenges such as the cli­ma­te cri­sis, eco-bree­ding and ani­mal wel­fa­re are dis­cus­sed in forums by sci­en­tists and prac­ti­tio­ners. In 2022, more than 300 exhi­bi­tors took part, com­pa­nies, bree­ders, con­sul­tants and uni­ver­si­ties pre­sen­ted over 120 crops rea­ching from field beans to sugar beet and more than 20 inno­va­tions whe­re intro­du­ced. Deli­cious culina­ry delights from regio­nal orga­nic cate­rers, live music and seve­ral oppor­tu­ni­ties for net­wor­king com­ple­te the program.

Evaluation of the Öko-Feldtage 2022

Led by Dr. Chris­ti­an Her­zig, stu­dents of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Gie­ßen ques­tio­ned 679 visi­tors and 145 exhi­bi­tors about their expe­ri­ence at the Orga­nic Field Days 2022. 95,5% of visi­tors as well as 60% of exhi­bi­tors are con­tent and up to very con­tent with the event. Almost half of the visi­tors are far­mers, of whom more than half (69%) are orga­nic far­mers. The num­ber of con­ven­tio­nal­ly far­ming col­le­agues is decre­asing com­pared to 2019 but rising com­pared to 2017. The pro­por­ti­on of visi­tors who want to con­vert their farm remains rough­ly the same at 11%. Of the 90 con­ven­tio­nal far­mers ques­tio­ned, 3,5% are about to con­vert to orga­nic far­ming. Bes­i­des far­mers, repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of asso­cia­ti­ons and orga­ni­sa­ti­ons and stu­dents make up the lar­gest group of visitors.

Wanna get to know the Organic Field Days?

Come and visit us at the organic farm Grieshaber & Schmid in Ditzingen-Hirschlanden close to Stuttgart in June 14th until June 15th 2023! Spread the word and see you there!

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