Future projects

It is our mission to be the guardian of this land and our residents. As you can imagine the list for future projects is getting bigger and bigger. Here are a few of the projects we would like to start this Autumn/Winter.

 

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Acorns planting this year from the old oak trees of Paros

The island of Paros used to be full of oaks, now there are only a few left. Last year 2020/2021 was an experiment to see how good the oak trees grow, so we planted about 20 acorns from the old oak trees from friends. This autumn/winter we are planning to plant 50 to 100 acorns, and give them a little more love in the dryness of the summer. So far we have had a few (spiky) oaks growing on the land, that we can't wait to continue to see grow and that will hopefully stay on the land long after us. 

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Native tree and nitrogen fixing tree planting

Last year we were lucky enough to be donated 65 fruit trees. This Autumn is time to focus on native trees and nitrogen fixing trees. The native trees provide ideal habitat for the local wildlife and don’t need much care or water to survive in this climate. The nitrogen fixing plants put nitrogen back into the earth which is a vital component for the fruit trees to flourish and thrive.

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Worm compost 

Our dear friends the worms. There is no soil without these guys. Our worm compost is pretty much a worm hotel. We loaded a bath tub with rich, aged goat manure, added a layer of dirty from the garden, and topped it off with a thick layer of nitrogen rich mulch such as grass cuttings. Every day we take our kitchen scraps to Kostos and load them on top of the mulch, providing the worms with a never ending feast. As the worms feed on all of the organic matter in the bath tub they leave behind the purest of fertilisers, worm castings. This is the perfect food for any trees or plants. We also water the worm compost which drains out of the bath tub which we then collect and water our trees with. This really is liquid gold.

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Fire resistance tree planting

This year we had a huge scare, wildfires all over Greece including Paros. The fires in Paros started just 200m from Mesovounia, but we were blessed to have the wind on our sides. The north wind carried the fires away from our boarders but only highlighted our vulnerability. As the world heats up due to climate change we know it’s only a matter of time before the wind isn’t on our side, but hopefully by then we will be better equipped. This year we plan on planting fire resistant trees and plants on all of our boarders which are proven to slow fires down. Trees and plants such as Carob, agave, prickly pear and many more.

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Solar panels on the roof + new roof for the workspace

At the moment we don't have any electricity on the land, so to be more self-sufficient and green, the best and most reliable source to get our electricity, is by solar. It will allow us to have a fridge, use tools for the land and live on the land. As well as organise workshops, and welcome visitors

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Taking care of the already exciting trees

We feel so lucky with the trees this land was already blessed with, from 500 year old olive trees (including the Trouba - that you can eat straight from the tree), to old lemon/orange trees, almond, loquat, figs, quince, mulberry, cypress, cider and many more. Some of them need to have some neem oil treatment, and we will continue to give them some manure of the animals and mulch to make them happier. 

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New and bigger chicken coop

At this moment the chickens are in a chicken coop that was build by the previous owners, although the coop is good and made out of stone and cement, the area around it is small and next to the house. That is why we want to build them a new chicken coop in between the old olive grove, where they will have shade and protection from the birds of prey. They will also have a bigger space to roam, and we can rotate their pastures easier. 

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Building a duck pond

This is something we are very excited about, since our ducks love being in the water, and more importantly need it. We got them already in the space we want, in between the figs and olive trees, where they have enough space to explore, find shade and protection if needed. The pond and another additional home is the last step they need to have a comfortable and happy home for all our 19 ducks.  

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A plan to get more bees on the land

We all know how important bees are, and since we already have ancient bee hives on the land and want to build more bee hives. We are planning to attract them, while planting more (wild)flowers on the land, and leave the wildflowers that are already growing alone till after they have flowered. We also won't take the bees honey and leave the bees alone in peace.

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Building bird houses

We love to hear and see may different birds, especially when we get to see a few migrating from Africa, with all their different shapes and colours. Since the fire from this summer (2021), that started only a few hundreds meters from the land, and destroyed their natural habitat, we decided to next to planting loads more shrubs and bushes for them to live in, to also build a few bird houses in different sizes for different birds.

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Our own water well

We have noticed how important it is to have our own water well, especially after the rough year of drought and heat we have had. And although it is a massive investment, it will be great to have for us and the generations to come. Since the land has so much trees and plants, and is going to have even more, as well as the duck pond, water is essential and a priority to let everything thrive and flourish. 

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Finishing the Mulberry cottage to live on the land

Although we have slept here already for a few days in the winter, which was lovely with the fireplace on. Because the bathroom isn't connected and we have no electricity, it is difficult to live here full-time. We got a septic tank, so now we only need to get the toilet and shower connected to live here permanently. It will be so much easier for us to take care of the animals and spend more time on the land. At the moment we live close to Parikia in Kim's family house, but we hope to live here before Christmas. 

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Heritage Seed Library

We are constantly trying to get heritage seeds from locals, and try to safe them. It is so important to safe and collect seeds, they are resilient and stronger to survive in changing weather conditions. It would be our honour to try to save heritage seeds, and give them to locals. 

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Community mulching machine

Mulching is so simple but so effective, we have noticed the major difference between the trees that were mulched well and the trees that were exposed and had the sun directly touch the soil around the trees. Mulch keeps the soil more hidden, and makes sure it doesn't evaporates from the sun. It will save on water and it would be great to invest in a mulching 

machine that the community can benefit from and see how handy it is to get rid off old pruning and keep the trees more hydrated. 

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