While an orange grove might sound simple and of limited interest, Petros spoke with such passion about his organic, polycultural produce that the students were held enrapt by his narrative. He produces oranges, of course, but also olives, spinach, onions, and wheat. He also keeps chickens in order to produce eggs but also to fertilize the trees and aerate the soil. He explained how the chickens eat the fallen oranges, which removes harmful acids from them, and leave the rinds and aerated soil to nourishment the trees. It really was a lesson in natural farming techniques, a sort of holistic science.
Petros gave us bags in which to carry more oranges than we could possibly eat! Greek hospitality, to be sure.
Students enjoyed walking among the trees and tasting the fruit as they picked it.
Honestly, it was just the sort of adventure that makes you say "orange you just in love with Greece?"
(Sorry. Couldn't help myself.)