Our project has two aspects: the first one is organic agriculture, the second one is responsible and respectful tourism. The land we’re working on belongs to a greek catholic convent, Deir el Mkhalles, and we’re renting it for 18 years, after which the monks will decide whether the project should continue or not. The entire infrastructure will remain on site, and a monk will be appointed to be the link between the convent and the company, to guarantee a maximum transparency. It is important to mention that, because we believe it’s our duty to share the knowledge we’re gaining as we go with all the people we will work with, be them monks, students or field workers.
Agriculturally, in addition to making extra virgin olive oil, we have started collecting wild thyme, sumac, fennel and sage in summer, and wild asparagus and eryngo in winter, and we’re planning on increasing their number on the site, as well as introducing new trees. Also on the program, reshaping the terraces, keeping bees, goats and sheep, planting veggies.... All organically of course, in an extremely controlled environment: the site is so isolated that the closest potential pollution source is at 4km. Really the olive trees hadn’t seen a car before ours!
The touristic fold will be implemented in the three coming years.
The final aspect of the project is to dynamize the region, by creating job opportunities for the inhabitants of the area.