Join our farm, help to protect a small herd of indigenous cows, at Eandio, Salamina, Greece

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  • Description

    Description

    The goal of this project is to protect a small herd of indigenous cows, (the Kea breed) .
    When we talk about cow protection we mean protection at 3 levels: Body, mind and soul.
    For their body we provide food, shelter and protection from people and animals.
    For their mind, we keep them free from anxiety by following the same daily routine, so that they know what will happen next.
    For their soul, we engage the bulls in agricultural work and we milk the cows. We use cow urine and dung in agriculture. Then the agricultural and dairy products we offer to Lord Krishna (Krishna is one name of God) and then we consume these products or give them to to others.
    Cows deserve a full lifetime, like humans.
    To make the project sustainable, we cultivate the land. We apply natural, organic farming.
    We hope that one day, we will be able to share clean, healthy food with others, but for the moment our production is small and we try to make the land fertile.
    It is very inspiring to work at a peaceful environment and to associate with the cows which are the embodiment of ahimsa (non-violence).

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Engagement in work that is uplifting for your soul.
    A beautiful Greek island location close to the mountains, forest and sea.
    An opportunity to practice and learn about Bhakti Yoga.
    Enjoy Prasadam (Krishna conscious vegetarian food).

  • Help

    Help

    Cutting and collecting grass for the cows. We avoid as much as possible to buy grass, because it is grown with chemicals. We do not feed our cows cereals because cows have difficulty to digest them. We feed our cows what they are meant to eat: grass.

    Take care of the cows while grazing. We give to our cows the possibility to graze as much as possible. Sometimes we bring our cows for grazing outside our farm. Because there are houses and roads with cars running nearby, we can not leave the cows unattended. So we need someone to look after them while grazing.

    Construction of fences. We need to complete fencing at the borders of the farm so that people, dogs and other animals that can possible harm the cows do not enter. We also need to build internal fences to protect the crops from the cows and we need also to improve fencing around the well and the pond for safety reasons.

    Organic vegetable cultivation.
    Watering seedlings and young plants.
    Planting trees as wind breaks.
    Renovating a greenhouse.
    Organic fruit cultivation.
    Jams, preserves and storage of winter fruit/vegetables
    Ecological diversity encouraged by planting of herbs & flowers.
    Cow shed construction.
    Training, we appreciate your help & knowledge.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Greek, English, Italian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    a small house with a garden is available for the volunteers. It consists of a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom (external door) and a small garden. Volunteers can cook their own meals if they like to, provided they do not cook meat, fish or eggs at our premises. More generally, volunteers should not consume meat, fish or eggs, alcohol, cigarettes or drugs at our premises, either at the fields or at the house. We try to create a clean, sacred environment because our contact with nature is sacred.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    At their time off, volunteers can swim at the sea, walk at the mountains, or go to Athens. Buses bring people to the port of the island and then every 15 minutes during the day there is a ferry to Perama, a port near Piraeus.

  • 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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