Design for circularity

What can one farm do?

Kollreid has shown us that living a good life does not have to be at the expense of the coming generations.

Our mission is one hand to manage this piece of land in a way that keeps it healthy for generations to come. On the other hand, we want to offer our guests a place where they can connect with nature. Still, let’s be honest. When humans interact with nature, there is already a disturbance factor playing a certain role. So also we are not perfect, but what we can say for ourselves is that we are aware of that our choices do have an impact on our environment, so we aim to make our decisions mindfully according to our latest state of knowledge.

For us, this means taking an active role in preserving biodiversity and to implement circular solutions in our business that contribute to the wellbeing of humans and animals without harming our planet. For instance, we keep a low amount of farming animals on a relatively large area to make sure that the land areas can regenerate and stay healthy. We practise alpine transhumance on our pastures and farm, honouring a seasonal circularity to keep our soil healthy and promote biodiversity on the pastures. Moreover, we plant a variation of different kinds of trees and bushes, especially old species, to fight against monoculture in our landscape. Our special focus goes to the fruit tree Malus Sieversii. This is a wild apple tree that has been shown to be the ancestor to most cultivars of the domesticated apple tree. We actively work to promote this species as we think it is essential to preserve and support plants that have better chances coping with a changing, challenging environment than some of the domesticated species. You can read more on that on our webpage under “Malus Sieversii”.

Also, we only rely on renewable sources of energy coming from solar technologies and our own wood (aiming to decrease our use of the latter). Solar is a great solution up here since we live on the southern slopes and have plenty of sunny days all year round. To improve the nature impact of our guesthouse, we only rely on eco-friendly cleaning products. We encourage having groups of people renting the house for longer times at once, because this decreases the amount of logistics linked with travelling to this location.

What we also do is promote areas such as healthy, natural food and an active lifestyle. The guests at our farm have the possibility to co-learn and contribute in our mission to preserve healthy lands – because we all play a part in this. We wish that Kollreider Hof can raise some awareness of the impacts of our modern lifestyles and inspire people to find a closer connection to themselves and the nature.



Our farm is certified organic. We don’t use pesticides and we only rely on natural ways of farming which we believe are the the keys for nutritious, sustainable food production. Our main products consist of hay, apple trees and vegetables.


We believe that sports can be a great way to connect with ourselves and with nature - when doing this with respect. The surrounding area at Kollreid offers a lot of possibilities for mountain sports such as climbing, hiking, skiing, alpinism, paragliding, kayaking, fishing and mountain biking.

Local animals

We prioritize local heritage breeds among our farm animals. Our Noriker horses and Sulmtaler chickens all belong to the traditional breeds that are robust and adaptable. They store a wealth of genetic resources that are important for our future and the future of our agricultural food system especially in times where climate change changes the way we farm.


Our Carnica bees contribute to the ecological system by pollinating plants in this area. We use a small amount of the honey and wax that they produce – only as much that their little bee-system stays in balance.


Taking care of the surrounding forest at Kollreid is a main task of ours. Each year we plant trees of different varieties to keep up with the loss of trees that happen due to extreme weather, the bark keefer and human inference.


We take small steps to preserve biodiversity in this region. A bigger project that we have is to support this ancient apple species Malus sieversii, because its input to biodiversity is essential - especially with a critically changing climate.