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Gschloarhof

Farm Handcrafts in Karneid 

Gschloarhof - Steinegg  - Karneid - Farm Holidays in South Tyrol  - Dolomites
Gschloarhof
Fam. Rosa Lunger
Pyramidenstraße 4
39053 Karneid / SteineggKarneid / Steinegg
Mobile +39 340 5274416
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Hay
Product range
  • hay figures (with or without clothes)
  • indoor and outdoor flower arrangements
  • colourful bouquets
  • wreaths in various colour combinations
  • decorative baubles made of petals, grains or fruit
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Description
Geschoarhof farm, surrounded by fields and meadows, belongs to the Hofer family and is situated on the edge of the mountain village of Steinegg at 900 metres above sea level. Around 15 dairy cows and 10 cattle are kept in the cowsheds, together with pigs, hens, rabbits, ducks and goats. The family farm, with fantastic views of the Rosengarten mountain, is now being run by the young generation, which means that Rosa has the time to dedicate to her passion: for over 20 years, she has been planting flowers, shrubs and trees, which she turns into charming gift articles from natural materials. She particularly likes making both large and small figures from hay.
Farm Handcrafts
Rosa Hofer has always loved nature. “Even as a small child, I used to come home with from my forays into the countryside with my pockets full of little pine cones, petals and seeds,“ she tells us. Nowadays, the farmer now uses her imagination to put together nature's offerings: a few poppies and grains here, a handful of sunflower seeds or echinacea petals there. “These are dried in warm air so that they keep their nice colour“, she explains.
Processing methods
Her nimble fingers allow her to create new things over and over again. Her hay figures have a fun and animated appearance: “From firemen to cooks and hunters, I've made all sorts of things“, she says, as she allows an insight into the variety of her floral gift items. Rosa is happy to make items to order. In the farm shop you can get an idea of what nature puts at her disposal, which may then be fashioned into unique presents with lots of creativity and attention to detail. Rosa Hofer has already come up against quite a few challenges, such as when she was asked to make a life-size crib complete with hay figures. That was quite a tall order. “But once I start, I always find a way“, she is happy to add.

She produces the hay for her hay figures herself. “I take the second cut of hay and select the best quality“, says Hofer. After shaking it out when dry, she pours warm water onto the hay and leaves it in a vat for two to three hours. “This makes it lovely and supple“, she explains. The figures that Rosa Hofer skillfully fashions by winding hay with wire are entirely made up of individual parts. After drying, the pretty gifts are ready to be sold. Their spicy fragrance is reminiscent of freshly mowed summer meadows. “This scent lingers for a long time and is a reason for these decorations' popularity,“ stresses Rosa.
The hay for her unusual figures grows around the farm!
How to find us
Drive from Bozen to Steinegg and, 3km after the village centre, turn off left into Pyramidenstrasse (see signs). Follow the road for around 2km and then take a turning off to the right and drive up to Gschloarhof.
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Opening times
Visits to the workshop may be arranged by phone.
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