Old farmers' calendar
Old farmers in the spotlight
The older generations on the farm have a wealth of experience which is characterised by appreciation of our valuable natural and cultural landscapes. Their experiences are trend-setting for today's agriculture and for society as a whole, as they are able to oversee a large period of time and thus have a more comprehensive view of social processes.
The calendar of old farmers, sponsored by the province of Carinthia and the EU, presents seven old farmers. In it, they tell of a working world that seems far away, but which today is becoming actual again. "Work used to be very exhausting," describes the 94-year-old Maria Stingler from her youth, "but so many people worked together. And we had fun doing it". Helping together in a similar way takes place today in some protected areas, where volunteers work together to maintain sensitive habitats and have fun doing so.
The calendar comes without a calendar and can therefore be used again every year.
The farmers were brought in scene with great care by the photographer Kassandra Langmaier.
Download the old farmers' calendar (9,5 MB)
The travelling exhibition
The Altbauernkalender is available for free at an exhibition about the old farmers, which will be travelling through Carinthia in 2020. If you would also like to have the exhibition at your place, please contact us at info(at)altbauernkalender.at. We are looking for publicly accessible spaces such as foyers of hospitals, municipal offices, chambers of agriculture, shops, ...
9. July to 31. July: Kunstraum Obervellach
13. July to 31. July: Marktgemeinde Paternion
3. August to 28. August: Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, Visitor center Mallnitz
3. August to 28. August: Sturm Archehof Heiligenblut
31. August to 25. September: Pilzmuseum Treffen (Villach)
31. August to 25. September: Rathaus Hermagor
Further dates will follow continuously. If you want to be informed about new dates by email, please send us an email with the subject "Altbauernkalender" to info(at)altbauernkalender.at.
All calendar images
Symposium Old and Young
On 28th November 2019, the Old Farmers' Calendar was presented during the symposium "Old and Young" at the European Nature Reserve Centre Mannsberg-Boden. During a cross-generational afternoon, Provincial Councillor Sara Schaar, Dr. Erhard Busek, former Chamber President ÖR Walfried Wutscher, former Mayor and old farmer Helmut Lassernig and young farmer Ruth Ertl talked about what young and old can learn from each other and how agriculture can be an example of ageing with dignity.
Impressions of the Symposium
We would like to thank the Federal State of Carinthia and the European Commission for their support, which made the Old Farmers' Calendar possible.
Download cover of calendar (500 KB) © Kassandra Langmaier
Download portrait Stoissier Franz (3 MB) © Kassandra Langmaier
Quote: "The bees and herbs from my garden keep me alive. Humans are part of nature. If you give up nature, you give up everything." Franz Stoissier, Köttmansdorf
Download portrait Stingler Maria (5 MB) © Kassandra Langmaier
Quote: "I am proud of what I have achieved. I never ran up debts and I never sold anything. Whenever you had problems, there was always someone who could help you. I couldn't have done it all alone." Maria Stingler, Köttmannsdorf
Download portrait Petschar Johanna (2 MB) © Kassandra Langmaier
Quote: "In the morning I cook for the men and in the afternoon I am in my garden. I have always had the garden and I would like to keep it. That is my little spot of nature. It's where I feel good." Johanna Petschar, Villach
Download portrait Johanna Mischkulnig (4 MB) © Kassandra Langmaier
Quote: "Nothing was too difficult for us. We herded the cows at half past four in the morning, then we walked barefoot to school." Johanna Mischkulnig
Download portrait Josef Messner-Schmutzer (5 MB) © Kassandra Langmaier
Quote: "Cows today give much more milk than in the past. This can only be achieved with young, protein-rich fodder. But because of the frequent mowing, fewer flowers blossom, which the bees don't like. We should think more comprehensively." Josef Messner-Schmutzer
Download photo of the exhibition (3,5 MB)
«I am proud of what I have achieved. I never ran up debts and I never sold anything.»
«The bees and herbs from my garden keep me alive. Humans are part of nature. If you give up nature, you give up everything. »
«In the morning I cook for the men and in the afternoon I am in my garden. I’ve always had the garden and I’d like to keep it. That is my little spot of nature. I feel good there.»
«Cows today give much more milk than in the past. This is only possible with young, high-protein fodder. But frequent mowing means fewer flowers blossom, which bees do not like. We should think more comprehensively.»
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