Here we regularly tell stories about people who are committed to sustainable and ecologically oriented agriculture in the Dresden region and for whom regionality and biological diversity play an important role.
June 2021: Revival of old vegetable and fruit varieties from the Dresden region
From the Dresden Plattrunde to the Delicious from Pillnitz
Have you ever served the Dresden "Fürchtenichts" salad for dinner? No? No wonder, because this old vegetable variety, like many others, disappeared from the fields due to the industrialisation of agriculture from the 1950s onwards. Priscila, a gardener from the Solidarity Farming Initiative (SOLAWI) "Dein Hof" in Radebeul, told us how these traditional vegetables are to come back to life as part of a Prospecierara project - and ideally could also end up on our plates again.
The farms Dein Hof, Johannishöhe e. V. and Albrecht Vetters propagate fruit and vegetables such as the onion "Dresdner Plattrunde", the melon "Köstliche aus Pillnitz" and several other varieties. The aim is to bring these varieties, which have so far only "slept" in gene banks, back into real cultivation. It is a long way until then: the seeds have to be multiplied, cultivation and marketing characteristics have to be reassessed and adapted. Re-registration under the Seed Marketing Act is a particularly high hurdle. But only in this way can the variety be sold as seed to nurseries. Varieties adapted to the regional location are often more resistant and often taste special. Unfortunately, our palate today is only used to standard varieties
from which bitter substances have largely been bred out.
For Priscila, working in the Prospecierara project is a way of implementing biodiversity in the field and preserving genetic diversity - a topic that has occupied her since her university days in Brazil. There, the conservation of local varieties is a very emotional issue, because traditional varieties always have people and stories attached to them - and the conservation of local varieties is an act of resistance against large corporations and variety patents.