A self-sustainable garden with clean organic food in Central Macedonia, Greece

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Greece

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    22/10/2020

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a family practicing Natural Farming in a land approximately one hectare.It is an eco-project that was founded 12 years ago and the last 3 years is growing rapidly.The farm started as a melon and vine yard 65 years ago and for many years in the land was cultivated monoculture grains until 12 years ago the first trees were planted.
    Mostly olive trees and vines at the beginning.We met P.Manikis who is the first Natural farmer in Greece, and worked with him as volunteers for some time learning all possible about natural farming.When we started with the farm 3 years ago, we started with vegetables and chickens.
    Now the farm has approximately 1000 plants witch includes fruit trees, olives , vines, forest trees and shrubs, berries and some medicinal plants.Our goal is to make a sustainable garden that feeds many families with fresh organic food.

    We are looking for 2 skilled persons who are into vegetable farming so they can help us maintain the market garden we are running and learn with us as much as possible about vegetables and the system we are using
    We run a CSA market garden and in the years to come we want to approach at least 100 families.The system we are using is a no-dig approach so we do the less intervention we can.From May to October most of the works starts at 6am. It is possible to have some coffee/snack before that, in addition to breakfast at 9 a.m . The Chicken coop is also in the daily routine.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can provide them all the info about how our Greek ancestors lived in the area, our language and some historical stories about Greek culture.But mostly travelers can learn all about old building technics and about the way of living in a natural farm with permaculture principles.WE hope to learn anything that they could teach us about the way of living they have in their culture, maybe new languages

  • Help

    Help

    This year we are converting our garden to a no-dig approach so most of the work is maintaining the garden.We really are in need for skilled gardeners or farmers to exchange ideas and farming cultures but we are willing to train people as well so everyone is suitable as long as they are willing to work outdoors and with their hands learning about plants and market gardening.We also need some people willing to learn and work with fruit trees, eco-protecting them and observing and recording things. There is also need for dayly feeding chicks dogs and cats, changing their waters and once a week cleaning the chicken coop

  • Languages spoken

    Czech: Fluent
    Greek: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The accommodation is in tents anywhere in the farm that gives privacy because the farm is approximately 1 hectare.WE have some tents here but travelers are free to carry their own if they want to.Travelers should carry their own sleeping bags even though we have 2-3 here.We do not use any chemicals at the farm and because the water we use falls into a pond we would appreciate if carrying their own organic soap and toothpaste.
    Most of the vegetables we eat are cultivated in the farm.We can cook all together or we can take care of the cooking and eating all together.In summertime we start our day at 6 o clock feeding dogs cats etc and at 6 30 we start with some work.At 8 30 we stop for breakfast,tea, or coffee if needed.Then at 9 we start working again and the lunch is getting prepared around 12 so at 13 00 we eat and rest.Dinner is not set because we eat when we can so we will set it with the travelers together.Mostly we try to eat plant based but if needed we cook meat and dairy if anyone wants to.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are beautiful sandy beaches very close to the farm and every 15 minutes there is an urban bus line that goes to the main city(Thessaloniki) that is 25 klm from the farm

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

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