Help me to develop my olive farm near Kallithea, Messenia, Greece .



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    Hello :)
    My name is Georgios. Although born and raised in Athens, my roots are coming from an agricultural family from the area of Kalamata region.
    A few years back, i undertook the supervision of the family farm consisted of nearly 2000 olive trees. After bringing the trees back in shape i have decided to focus on the quality of the koroneiki variety olive oil achieving awards in international competitions for quality.
    Last year a team from workaway helped achieving this mission in one of the hardest years in the whole region. Thank you guys for all your help, our efforts were recognized internationally :)
    This year things are looking good too at the moment all going well ☝️
    Unfortunately, due to new very strict lawsa in Greece, for the harvesting season i cannot risk to take any volunteers. So you can understand the situation, in case someone does not have a permit to work legally in Greece and is found by the authorities working in the farm, i can be penalized by 10.500€ per person that does not have the required papers. As you understand although there are some grey areas in the law, im not willing to take such a disastrous risk until everything is clear...

    On the other hand, checkups by authorities occur on harvesting season ( and to be fair they should since many producers prefer to use cheap labour with not so humanly terms for the workforce, besides the loss of taxed and national insurance incomes).
    After we complete harvesting, I will be organizing maintenance works (painting, redecorating, some building, fixing the fence - experienced "handy" volunteers will always be preffered ). We will also be planting some veggies for the months to come and in general prepare the farm for the summer season where i would like to have all the facilities ready to make it a b&b rooms to let.
    All this will be happening from December onwards, will keep you updated which weeks we can work.
    It is a big piece of land with alot of potential. In case you are highly skilled at something and hard worker please inbox me and i will reply as soon as possible.
    Have a nice day everyone <3

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers from my point of view can benefit from seeing different sceneries , try local foods and spirits ,meet the locals if they want ,visit archeological monuments , fresh air and nature nature nature!!!

  • Help


    First of all i want to be honest and clear that due to the crisis in Greece at the moment i have 0 (zero) bugdet to do all these plans :D so everything has to be and grow organically :)
    Hopefully with your help i might manage to achieve some of my plans and my goal to make this farm alive, for preparing the infrastructure and making it a "visitable farm" as they call it in my country ( i.e. farms ready to accept guests for agrotourism, schools for educational purposes ,tourists etc) and furthermore help creating some permanent jobs . So here we go :

    1) gardening - the whole farm is fenced . There is plenty of space to add some flowers , herbs like rosemerry ,oregano and other aromatic herbs which on a big scale can generate some income . The farm also has pickly pears (edible cactus fruit ) which are easy to transplant and with a combination of other trees it can cover the wired fence ,making it look nicer from the outside plus providing the fruit in the summer times which you can use to eat fresh or making jams .

    2)Farming :there are many opportunities since the land is big ,ideally now that the Olive oil bottle project has started and more products will be added soon like sundried tomatoes , olives , chilly peppers , mushrooms and other products easy to cultivate in a dry sunny environment .

    3) Building - since with a Zero budget is almost impossible to build things , i do have olive tree wood which sometimes we need to cut in order to help the tree . This we can either use for the house surroundings or ive seen the wood being used for handmade artifacts . A combination would be great!! Im open ofcourse to any other ideas! Some paintjobs also needed occasionally .
    Another mission is building a chicken tractor. Anyone good with their hands?

    4) Help with eco project -since i would like to make the farm visitable ,its important where people can stay . For example in camping i can provide water and electricity . Any ideas for housing using tents or natural resources ?

    5) Art Project - i would like to have a more proffesional documentary of the oil making or other projects

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english , greek

  • Accommodation


    Private room with shower and toilet

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Great place for walking , you need a car to go to amazing places like Voidokilia , Polilimnio , Nestors Castle ,Methoni Castle etc

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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