I am starting up my own little organic farm thing, since 2015, on Crete after having travelled and volunteered three years myself. I stay here most of the time since then and my girlfriend joins me as often as she can! Sometimes if I go away, my friend Alastair is here to take care of you.
The place is an olive grove of 1,6 ha (4 acre) with about 220 olive trees. I have planted fruit trees and am making a vegetable garden. I have 6 hens and 2 roosters, 3 ducks and 5 geese. Here are also two dogs and a cat.
The soil is very poor here and i'm trying to regenerate the soil by applying permaculture principles. Anyone with knowledge about this is always welcome.
It is in a village called Choudetsi or Houdetsi, 20 km south of Heraklion. There is a lot of things to explore around. It's 5 min walk to a cafe with wifi, a bakery and a grocery store, and 10 min walk to the village square with several tavernas and cafes. Beautiful hiking routes as well.
In the summer there are music seminars in the village, many international musicians, lots of people and free concerts every friday.
I prefer last-minute travellers because very often those who write me far in advance tend to change their plans and cancel, but you can always try:)
Shower is outside. In winter there will not be warm water every day but you can take a warm shower in the caravan if you preheat the water.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
In december it's olive harvest. Pruning is in early spring some time, depending on the weather.
Other times of year it's garden work, cutting wood, soil regeneration works etc...
+ cooking and shopping for us of course:)
This year i want to dig several swales (ditches along contour lines) and fill them with twigs and branches, so there will be a lot of manual digging. Further work is to complete a retaining wall out of used tyres up to my neighbours property, which is partly about to slide down onto mine. Further, there are always things to do in the summer.
Hope to see you here:)
Fluent: English, Norwegian, Slovakian. Less than fluent: German, French, Portuguese, Greek
There are two yurts and a caravan.
The biggest yurt has a wood stove and a kitchen, common area. The smaller yurt has a double bed, two single mattresses and a gas heater. The caravan has a gas heater, beds for two and kitchen.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week