The fruit and horticulture association in wulflingen celebrates its 100th anniversary. The association will be celebrating this anniversary on saturday, 13 june. July, under the motto: "together with joy and heart for village and nature".
As chairman josef zenker reports, the association, which was named association of the year in 2017 by the kreisverband fur gartenbau und landespflege and now has 133 members, last year adopted a new mission statement. "We have noticed that among the population there is a growing enthusiasm for garden culture and regional products and the joy of being in and around nature. If you want to cultivate this enthusiasm in an association, there’s almost no way around the local fruit and gardening association."
However, the prevailing image of such associations is usually over. For this reason, the association in wulflingen has repositioned itself in terms of content. "We all share the same fascination, regardless of whether we have a lot or little time for our garden, or whether our own garden is large, small or exists only in our own minds. It’s not about who has the nicest or best-smelling rose, it’s about everyone being able to enjoy the sight and scent of a rose.", describes josef zenker. "It is fun to participate in such a community and to cultivate the enthusiasm in an organized club life."
After all, the wulflingen association was able to significantly reduce the average age of its members with this claim, to strengthen the joy of joint action and the preservation of nature and the village, and to establish the association as a social platform for the old and the new village.
The association was founded by 21 burgers on 1. December 1919. They planted nearly 1000 fruit trees in the first few years and bought a sprayer, nesting box, a fruit cow and a winepress. In addition to pome fruits, vegetables and berries were also grown. This commitment still characterizes the landscape of wulflingen today.
Until the 1960s, fruit and berries were sold to the jam muller (today: maintal konfituren gmbh, based in habfurt) for four pfennigs per kilo. The fruit farmers still distilled schnapps or made wine from their pome fruits and berries. As margot kalmbach, who compiled the chronicle, reports, in the early years, to water the trees, water had to be carried up the mountain from the wassernach with buckets or driven up with a horse-drawn cart. Later, a pump house with a diesel pump was installed at the footbridge to the soccer field, which pumped the water through a pipe up the hill into a boiler tank. The tree field owners then laid hoses from the tank to water their trees. The hulsen fruits and berries were sent for further processing to the hans sager receiving center in wulflingen or to habfurt to the volkach fruit wholesale market on the site of the present "floranium delivered.
In 1949, the association built a house for the fruit tree sprayer next to the threshing floor, which was dismantled in 1969 and rebuilt on the community field on buchleitenweg. The settlers’ association joined the fruit and gardeners’ association in the 1950s and 60s and left it again in 1988. Over time, the association became quieter and only in the 1980-90s it organized harvest parades, children’s competitions, cooking classes, as well as excursions or flower arranging competitions.
The chairmen were only listed in writing from 1958 onwards. Franz deschner led the association from 1958 to 1970, and then the life of the association was suspended until 1988. The other chairmen were philipp fiedler (1988 to 1993), manfred jakob (1993 to 2005) and stefanie schnaus (2005 to 2014).
Auarts went in 2014 with the new election of the board of directors. It consists of the chairman josef zenker, the second chairman andreas muller, the secretary christine zenker, the treasurer jens heiduk and the assessors evi ludwig and gabi ankenbrand. Among other things, a cultural garden was created through the lease of a municipal field, family trees were planted, fruit tree pruning courses and various lectures were held, club excursions were offered, the wedding bows were tied and the first autumn festival was organized with wulflinger spatlese. This was followed by the construction of an insect hotel in the cultural garden, the tying of a harvest crown, activities with the kindergarten children, the creation of a 1000 square meter bee pasture in the cultural garden, wild herb walks and the smoking of wild herbs, a rose pruning course and the participation with an own stand at the state garden show wurzburg.