Otmaro Beti

Age: 40
Lives in Somaino Li Taiadi (San Carlo)
Valley and Alpine farmer

I am like a plant with its roots deep in the Valposchiavo. The valley nourishes me and is my inexhaustible source of energy and inspiration. It was here that I grew up in perfect harmony with nature and it is here that I raise my children to follow the same path.

I have visited many places and lands and have encountered many realities. They have expanded my horizons. But the longing for my origins was stronger and I always returned home where I finally settled and founded my family.

I am convinced that it is a great privilege to live in the Valposchiavo and I am proud to contribute as a farmer to the preservation of this tiny corner of paradise I call home.

I also love our local culinary traditions: simple fare made of few and simple ingredients, but always nourishing! They allowed our ancestors to carry on their arduous task of farming the land – and it is not so long ago that it really was arduous.

No highly touted gourmet menu can hold a candle to my mother Caterina’s home-made steaming plate of taiadin cun murtadela or salam!

It is both my profession and my joy to spend most of my time outside in the fresh air. I have always loved working with animals on the farm. How well I remember as a nine-year-old herding our cows at Stabluvedru at almost 2000 metres altitude near the Bernina Pass. Perhaps that is why that Alp is one of my favortie places in the valley.

Only a few know that that is where several 7-8th-century horseshoes and a gold-decorated spur were found. They are now in the Rhaetian Museum in Chur and provide proof that the pass has been known and used for over 1000 years. And even older, stone objects show that the area was traversed by stone-age peoples too.

More stories from Valposchiavo

VORSICHT - Schliessung des Rifugio Alpe San Romerio

09 May 2019

Der Rifugio Alpe San Romerio ist während der Sommersaison 2019 geschlossen.

Wanderwege aufgrund von Sturmschäden geschlossen

Das Forstamt der Gemeinde Poschaivo informiert die Wanderer, dass die meisten Wanderwege aufgrund der Sturmschäden vom letzten Herbst geschlossen sind. Die Unwetter von Ende Oktober 2018 haben 30 Hektaren Wald auf Gemeindegebiet zerstört. Zahlreiche umgestürzte Bäume versperren die Wanderwege und müssen weggeräumt werden. Das Wanderwegnetz wird erst ca. ab Juni 2019 wieder vollständig begehbar sein.

Wizard of the Sun - Music film on Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Mythic Dream Arkestra

24 April 2019

The music film will spiral around the MUSIC, the music of Sun Ra, the music and arrangements of Marshall Allen, the meaning, the significance, the message, the mythical dimension of music. And the film will find astonishing sceneries in the Swiss Alps of Valposchiavo, to correspond to the space music.

Neue temporäre Ausstellung im Kunstmuseum Casa Console: Lepontinische Tessiner Maler

22 January 2019

Von Chialiva, Rossi und Franzoni zu Sergio Maina
Kunstmuseum Casa Console, Poschiavo
29. Januar 2019 – 31. Oktober 2019

Taiadin al formaggio dell’alpe

02 January 2019

„Taiadin“ (auf deutsch „Geschnittene“ aufgrund der Zubereitungsart), so heisst dieses einfache Gericht aus frisch zubereiteter Pasta. Das Grundrezept mit Weissmehl und Eier ist immer dasselbe, aber jede Familie hat ihre eigenen Vorlieben um das Gericht zu verfeinern.

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