BIO ZENTRUM (organic centre) Grottenhof, under construction


The Grottenhof Agricultural College in Graz will be extended to include an organic centre from 2022/23. The planned renovation and new building in the heart of the grounds will be an architectural expression of the college’s aims and ethos – a public place of encounter and cooperation where, in the future, regional organic farming is learned in yet greater depth, marketed directly, made visible and further developed through research and cooperation with businesses. A new farm shop with a café at the central market place, a farm offering demonstrations and a fun experience, a research centre and an innovation centre for organic agriculture form the five cornerstones of the new centre together with the school. The project partners see it as a public asset that will evolve for the benefit of the general public – a textbook example of commoning. Like a grain of wheat, much is stored in its blueprint ready for the future. The Grottenhof, shows what can happen if we all join forces – and everyone benefits.

A project of the Agricultural College Grottenhof (Principal Erich Kerngast),
the Province of Styria - Life Department (LR Johann Seitinger),
Agricultural Education Unit (Johannes Hütter), Bio Ernte Steiermark
(Josef Renner), ARGE BIO ZENTRUM Graz Grottenhof (Gabriele Blaschitz & Karin Magometschnigg)