Man, his ideas, and his work

"We're not turning back; we're just going ahead in a different way"

Nikos Psyllakis was also a son of Crete, the man who "established" olive farming in Crete, recognized as an expert on everything concerning olive oil and its production; he has been honored by the Academy of Athens for his contribution to olive farming.

Nikos Psyllakis, the fourth generation of his family that took over their ancestral olive grove, was a man tied to the land but focused on the future. He studied agronomy and after the war he worked on fighting the olive fly, since he had qualified for participation in the trials of new medicines. The Ministry of Agriculture soon hired him and sent him on a scholarship to Spain and Italy for specialist training in olive cultivation. Upon his return to Greece, he was entrusted with the founding of the olive farming sub-station of the Olive Institute of Corfu and a 150,000 square meter farm, a partially ruined olive grove. Thus he began to be involved with research.

Subsequently he participated in organizing the MAIH (Mediterranean Agronomy Institute of Chania) and applying pioneering programs that would give a new impulse to olive farming in Crete. Thus, he bravely applied pioneering cultivation methods in his own farm.

Organic Farming: bold practice

"Organic farming is difficult: it requires knowledge, education, hard work, and people who search for something better."

With a vision but also a deep love for the land, Nikos Psyllakis was one of the first to acknowledge the benefits of organic farming. As early as 1969, he began his research on organic methods to combat the olive fly.

Later, as General Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, he contributed in the 'formulation' of the European regulation on organic farming, while he served as president of the Organic Farmers Association of Greece.

His olive grove has been farmed using organic methods since 1994 and is certified by the DIO Organic Products Inspection and Certification Organization.