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Organic Agriculture

 
 
 
 

WWOOFERS

- In order to facilitate a meeting for potential volunteers on our farm, we have listed the main jobs that are done according to the months of the year. Therefore, our guests will be able to know the various kinds of duties in advance and decide whether to contact us according to their interests and abilities.

- There are other small tasks not written below that are done throughout the year such as: work on the stone walls, paths, streets, pond/fountain, and parking spaces around the houses, kitchen aid.

- Don't phone, please. We prefer volunteers to send their information and questions in advance by e-mail: age, address, abilities, allergies, time of the year you wish to stay, special needs ( vegetarian, vegan, yoga...), No smoking.

- By request, we can educate volunteers on the principles of organic agriculture, the use of seeds, organic fertilizers, phermone traps, natural insect attracters, use of predator insects, etc.

- The farm is specialized in the production of organic olives and extravirgin olive oil, has its own registered trade mark, depository, and bottling center.

- "No middle man"; our products go direcly from us to the consumer. For this reason, there are many customers who come from different countries to visit the farm. Many other customers order our products by phone and through the internet.

Main jobs done according to the months of the year

October
- Cut the grass
- Renew the scents in the insect traps
- Place nets under older olive trees
- Clean olive crates, buckets, bottles, and cans
- Collects fruits: grapes, mapi, kaki, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, corbezzoli, nuts, and pomegranates
- Collect olives from the nets of the older trees
- Pick olives from the younger trees
- Gardening: general cleaning
- Vegetable garden: general cleaning, collect salad greens, radicchi, peppers,...
- Preserve sweet olives
- Prune citrus fruit trees

November
- Collect olives from the nets of the older trees
- Collect olives from small/medium trees
- Preserve olives in sea salt
- Transport olives to oil processing place
- Collect fruits: oranges, grapefruit, figs, etc.
- Fertilize the fruit trees
- Till the land around fruit trees
- Fertilize the vegetable garden and plant seeds for Spring
- Prune the younger olive trees

December
- Collect final olives from old trees and put nets away for next season
- Transport olives to oil processing place
- Till the land around fruit trees
- Remove unhealthy trees and plant new trees
- Remove insect traps
- Disinfect trees
- Harvest the vegetable garden
- Gardening and general cleaning
- Collect the last oranges
- Bottle oil

January
- Collect last olives from all trees, put away nets
- Fertilize all plants and trees
- Plant seeds
- Change stakes from smaller trees
- Prune/disinfect capers, vineyard, fruit trees
- Harvest all autumn plants and clean
- Gardening and general cleaning
- Bottle wine/oil
- Make parcels for carrier

February
- Change protective fiber around smaller trees
- Till land around you nger trees
- Garden and general groundskeeping
- Remove unhealthy trees and plant new trees
- Transplant plants in vegetable garden
- General disinfection
- Bottle wine/oil
- Make parcels for carrier

Almonds, peaches and nectarines in flower...

March
- Vegetable garden: cleaning
- Gardening: cleaning
- General prune to older olive trees, cut wood and put it to deposit
- Change protective fiber around smaller trees
- Prune little olive trees
- Fertilize using compost
- Make parcels for carrier
- Bottle wine/oil

Apricots, pears/apple/prune/plum-trees....in flower

April
- Collect medlars
- Vegetable garden: clean and hoe
- Clean garden and parking areas
- Put up fly traps
- Plant flower bulbs and renew flower beds
- Prune olive trees
- Burn or mill little branches
- Cut wood
- Prepare new compost
- Plough the land
- Make parcels for carrier

Fruit trees in flower...

May
- Collect medlars
- Collect the first cherries
- Prepare vegetable garden for summer
- Control/adjust sprinklers
- Transplant tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, etc.
- Collect first plums, etc.
- Gardening: clean and transplant
- Clean parking areas
- Prepare new compost
- Paint the walls
- Put up fly traps
- Vineyeard: disinfect
- Flower beds: clean
- Make parcels for carrier

Citrus fruits and roses in flower...first people on the beaches...

June
- Collect peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, pears, etc.
- Vegetable garden: clean
- Flower beds: hoe, clean
- Prepare new compost
- Collect first figs
- Collect capers and conserve
- Prune little trees
- Prepare various jams
- Vineyeard: clean and disinfect
- Prune citrus trees
- Make parcels for carrier

Olives in flower...people on the beaches...

July
- Put up fly traps
- Start the sprinklers / control / adjust
- Vegetable garden: clean and hoe
- Flower beds: clean
- Parking spaces. clean
- Vacation houses: clean
- Prepare new compost
- Collect apricots, peaches, pears, apples, plums, etc.
- Prepare fruit juice
- Collect capers and preserve
- Make parcels for carrier
- Assist customers and visitors
- Collect tomatoes, peppers,zucchini, radicchi, etc.
- Prepare tomato sauce, peeled tomatoes, and bottle
- Prepare various jams
- Bottle oil
- Vineyeard. prune leaves

People on the beaches...

August
- Collect tomatoes, peppers, salads, etc.
-Vegetable garden: clean and hoe
- Flower beds and parking areas: clean
- Prepare new compost
- Sprinklers: control / adjust
- Collect figs and preserve,pears, apples, nuts...
- Prepare various jams
- Collect first grapes
- Prepare fruit juice
- Assist customers and visitors
- Put up various fly traps
- Make parcels for carrier

Many people on the beaches...

September
- Collect grapes
- Prepare fruit juice
- Collect apples, pears, figs,etc.
- Collect tomatoes and preserve for winter
- Collect peppers and preserve for winter
- Collect salad greens, walnuts, nuts...
- Vegetable garden: clean and hoe
- Flower beds and parking spaces: clean
- Prepare new compost
- Clean containers for wine
- Assist customers and visitors
- Make parcels for carrier

People on the beaches...

Many of these tasks are done by professional workers; wwofers help assist with simple tasks.