Ethnobotanical Research in Homegardens of Small Farmers in the Alpine Region of Osttirol (Austria): An example for Bridges Built and Building Bridges

Authors:   Brigitte Vogl-Lukasser and Christian R. Vogl

Source:   Ethnobotany Research & Applications 2:111-137 (2004) 


The importance of farmers’ activities in the management
of natural resources in the diverse and risk prone area of
the Alps is discussed frequently in public. But, analysis of
the development of the alpine farming system with focus
on traditional ecological knowledge of the rural population
has not been realized yet. This paper presents traditional
knowledge on the management of alpine homegardens,
and shows its development in the context of the mosaic of
farmers’ activities.