Tour an organic farm and gather ingredients under the guidance of Alkis, the owner. Then learn to make a Greek dish and have lunch together, enjoying a variety of farm-prepared delectables.
Overlooking the crystal clear waters of Kolymbithres, this eco-friendly farm practices sustainable agricultural principles to provide "the best possible outcome for both the environment and crop quality."
Here is the story of the farm:
"At Πεtra, we focus on the production of perennial Mediterranean crops. The crops we focus our production on are very well-suited to the micro-climate of the island. This allows for minimal interventions as far as irrigation and pest control is concerned. Our crops are generally all drought tolerant, and as a result, we use very small amounts of water to sustain our crops. Our vineyards, capers and herbs receive no water at all. In fact, the lack of irrigation is a key factor in the increased intensity, intricate flavour and aroma of our products.
Our farm started on 5 acres of land in the dry and rocky terraced soils of Kolymbithres in 1989 with 100 olive trees and 200 grapevines. Since Alkis took over the management of the family farm in 2015 the farm has grown significantly and the crops have been diversified.
Πεtra Farm is now 24 acres large with terraced agricultural land in both Kolymbithres and Lefkes. We specialize in the cultivation of dry-land crops and cultivate capers, oregano, lavender, figs, grapes and olives.
We will get a tour with Alkis Downward, the owner. We will learn about the sustainable farming practices firsthand, then help to pick the ingredients for our lunch, which we will eat together overlooking the bay between Naoussa and Kolymbithres.