A modern, eco-friendly, viable agricultural and agro-touristic business is feasible.
The island of Paros is famous for its intensive tourist activity. It hasn’t always been this way and we assert that it can be more than this in the future.
From the Homeric ages even, Yria – one of the ancient names of Paros – was famous for its superb wine. Its nature was and is rich in native vegetation, characteristic sample of the biodiversity of the Aegean which is considered unique internationally. Its mild climate is suitable for a wide range of crops, that were present in the past and fed its people over many centuries.
Our contention is that this Paros is not only of the past, but can also have a future. A future where agricultural activity will be combined with viable touristic development, will focus on the protection and promotion of the island’s native treasures, will use mild farming practices with a clear emphasis on organic polyculture and will lead to purely organic local products which will re-create agricultural revenue and will enrich the island aesthetically and environmentally. We also maintain that, in this way, tourist interest in Paros will rise both in number and in quality, and that the tourist season – today limited to two months – will be lengthened.
“Kamarantho”, for us, is a proposal for a model of farming in Paros and, more broadly, the Aegean islands, but equally a living example of the farming practices and methods that should be used on the island and in this country. With our effort we want to demonstrate and prove that a modern, environmentally beneficial, viable agricultural and agro-touristic business is able to exist and be a positive contribution to the change of the established and yet destructive mentalities and practices of the past. The challenge is in front of us and we are working to meet it.
Farming & management practices we follow at Kamarantho:
In many parts of the farm we have preserved the pre-existing zones of native vegetation and we systematically try to maintain and develop the diversity of flora and fauna, to encourage the colonisation by beneficial insects, birds and reptiles and to preserve intact islets of earth with the native microfauna.
We compost the farm’s plant residue, along with plant residue and coffee grounds from neighbouring businesses, and small amounts of dung from free range animals. We produce compost with earthworms (eisenia fetida) as well as the thermophilic process.