Spelt from South Germany

For over 30 years now, Naturata has been working successfully with a Demeter producer association in South Germany. Here, the spelt flourishes under ideal conditions, and the partnership based on trust and reliability guarantees the highest quality.

Country, Location: SOUTH GERMANY Swabian Alps
Project partner: COOPERATIVE PARTNERSHIP 25 Cultivators
Start: IN OVER 30 years

Spelt from South Germany

Naturata relies on long-term, reliable partnerships with its raw material suppliers. One example of such a partnership is that with the farmers of the Demeter producer association in South Germany which cultivates the spelt for our pasta.Twenty-five farmers from South Germany supply spelt for Naturata’s pasta products. They belong to a Demeter producer association which has partnered Naturata successfully for over 30 years.

In this video farmer Klaus Wais, a member of the producer association, describes what Demeter stands for, what it actually means for biodynamic farming and how it differs from conventional agriculture.


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What’s so special about Demeter spelt and why does it suit the Schwäbische Alb so well? Klaus Wais explains.

What's special about our pasta is the collaboration between Naturata and the farmers which is based on years of personal contact with the Demeter producer association.

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Our responsibility to man and nature

It is especially important to Naturata that fairtrade conditions also prevail here in Germany. That's why every year talks are held with the farmers at the round table. The aim is to inform each other and work together to create a fair spelt price, which will do justice to all involved and remains attractive to the end customer.

Thus, the farmers are offered an economically secure basis and in return Naturata is supplied to the amount of spelt despite the high demand quantity and scarcity of raw materials.


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In his opinion, the collaboration between Naturata and the producer association is something really special.

Quality promise

The optimum soil and weather conditions make the region an ideal location for cultivating spelt. Because the robust, hardy, often referred to as "ancient grain" grain, thrives particularly well on the stony, humus poor soils and is resistant to weed and fungus.

For the Naturata pasta, traditional types of spelt are used, such as the Oberkulmer Rotkorn. It gives the pasta the fine nutty taste. In addition, it is a big plus of the variety that it is grown very much because of their popularity and thus there is a lot of experience.

In addition to the Oberkulmer Rotkorn other biodynamic varieties are grown. Since spelt biodiversity is very low, the varieties must be developed and bred. Otherwise, they would move too far away from real conditions and could not survive without adaptation to climate and soil conditions.


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Denis Hahn, Demeter farmer from the Hottenlocher Hof, describes which varieties of spelt he cultivates and what sets the “Oberkulmer Rotkorn” variety apart.

The Schwäbische Alb is a particularly good place to cultivate spelt. Denis Hahn tells us why.


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Klaus Wais describes the harvesting process and the difference to a conventional yield.

What's special about our pasta is the collaboration between Naturata and the farmers which is based on years of personal contact with the Demeter producer association.

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The Hottenlocher Hof

The Hottenlocher farm community, which is part of the Demeter producer association, lies in the heart of South Germany. It currently consists of three families and two apprentices. The biodynamic farm, and the approximately 140 ha of land belonging to it, is run according to the guidelines of the Demeter farming association.

On around 36 ha of farmland, trefoil grass is grown as fodder for the dairy herd in addition to spelt for human consumption. A varied crop rotation system includes an oat-pea-barley mixture as fodder for the animals as well as barley as whole crop silage used in the biogas plant as a source of renewable energy.

A further part of the 140 ha is made up of meadow scattered with fruit trees which also serves the animals as pastureland. The heart of the farm operation, however, is the 45-strong dairy herd. Their milk is processed using artisanal methods at the farm’s own cheese dairy. The farm keeps approximately 60 calves and young cattle for breeding purposes and for sausage and meat production.


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In this video, Denis Hahn shows us what a “typical” day looks like at the Hottenlocher Hof.

Denis Hahn tells us what's special about Demeter preparations and why they are needed.


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