Our organic orchard is located in Salurn/Salorno, in the very south of South Tyrol, Italy's main apple producing region. In 1994, we started to gradually convert our 2.7 ha of cultivated apples to organic farming, according to the guidelines of Bioland (controlled by ABCERT Bio013IT). Our orchard is located in the middle of a natural ecosystem surrounded by a hedge, ditches as well as some stone fruit and berry trees used for self-sufficiency. Thanks to our decision to plant exclusively fungal resistant apple varieties, namely Pilot, Topaz and Gold Rush, we were able to significantly reduce our use of phytosanitary products. Our fresh fruits are commercialised by the cooperative BioSüdtirol.