At the occasion of its 100th anniversary celebration and the international congress in Vienna, the central Austrian allotment federation successfully cooperated with a production company. The idea for an internet platform "KleingartenTV" (allotment TV) originated from this cooperation.
"KleingartenTV" serves as an information and communication platform. The central Austrian allotment federation's aim is to strengthen the community spirit of the allotment gardeners and to provide them with an opportunity to get more easily in touch with each other. Additionally, the members can be informed promptly about important topics. Thus, the internet platform "Kleingartentv.at" is a perfect complement to the monthly magazine of the federation "Kleingärtner", the homepage "www.kleingaertner.at" and the presentation in various social media.
After a month of testing, the platform went online on September 1st, 2017 for all Austrian allotment gardeners and subscribers to the magazine. During the first weeks, more than 700 members registered on the platform. Currently 25 videos are available. Every 1-2 days a new contribution is going to be inserted.
Entertainment and information
The contributions on "kleingartentv.at" are divided into several categories. Under "Garden-News" you can find videos with tips, recipes, information from the central federation and a glance behind the scenes of the allotment movement. The category "Mein Garten" focuses on the inhabitants of the allotment gardens. Here their hobbies and special features are presented. The allotment associations are presented in the category "Garten Doku". In addition, you find here contributions on the long history of the Austrian allotment movement. Impressions from events and anniversaries are gathered in the category "Garten Fest" (Garden festivals).
In addition to the videos produced by the central federation, users have the opportunity to share their own contributions, videos and pictures with the other users.
Virtual associative house
The virtual "Vereinshaus" (associative home) is an Online-Community in which the allotment gardeners can connect with each other. Each user can create an individual profile. Similarly to what happens on other social media platforms, videos and photos can be shared. Furthermore, members can meet in self created interest groups. The user can add "Friends", chat and write messages.
In this way the Austrian allotment gardeners are given the opportunity to get closer, swap ideas according to their interests and support each other.
VIDEO (German) https://youtu.be/TyMiSjKaHfs
The allotment garden award is organised in Vienna since 1998.
On August 29th was so organised for the 15th time the remittance of the allotment garden award. Many very creative projects were sent in concerning the subject: "The garden clock – my garden all over the year".
Additionally, there was this year a special category entitled: "My allotment all over the last 100 years". Awards were also granted for this subject. This special category was initiated because the Austrian allotment federation will celebrate its centennial in 2016.
During the official ceremony in the festival hall of the Vienna Town hall many allotment gardeners could enjoy this celebration both from a culinary and musical point of view.
This year the guests could again try self-made products (marmalades, schnapps, liquors) offered by the women's group of the Floridsdorf and Simmering allotment associations and many people used this delicious offer.
The winners of the allotment garden award are:
1. Place: Susanne Kristek, association Maulwurf
2. Place: Elisabeth & Martin Loidl, association Neue Wiese
2. Place: Brigitte Holub, association Rosental
3. Place: Martina Krüger, association Rosental
3. Place: Erna & Andreas Gadinger, association Rosenhügel
The purpose of the Fruit Experimental Station of the Central Federation of Allotment Gardeners in Austria is not only to find the "optimal allotment fruit tree" - such as the "family tree" on which three or more apple varieties are refined - depending on the preference of the family members. There are also new species, including rare and sometimes ancient varieties. We would like to introduce three of them here:
The White Winterkalvill comes from France and its first written mention is in 1598 in France, where it is known as the "Calville blanche d'hiver". In addition, there were many local names such as French quince apple, corner apple, strawberry apple or apple of paradise. Previously widespread, it is rare today because of its fussy location requirements. It blooms early and briefly and is therefore weather-sensitive. Only in warm spots and on the best soils can White Winterkalvill mature into a first-class eating apple. The variety is highly susceptible to a range of fungal diseases, in particular scab. But other pests also seem to appreciate the quality of this noble variety and therefore tend to seek it out.
The Styrian Schafsnase originated in 1800 as a chance seedling in Styria and was the favourite apple of Archduke Johann. It earned its name from its roller-shaped, highly built-conical fruit and was also called ox nose. It is usually yellow-orange and flame red in colour. The flesh is medium hard, very juicy, and soon tender and sour-sweet to the taste. The Schafsnase is (particularly) suitable as an eating apple as well as a cooking apple - an apple strudel made with the Styrian Schafsnase is a dessert fit for a king.
This yellow and spotted apple, reddened on the side facing the sun, with its sweet and sour taste and medium-sized fruit was first mentioned in 1700 and is a local variety of Upper Austria, which is nevertheless worth mentioning and acquiring. The apple has been used for making fruit wine and has a limited shelf life.