Farming


Our lands used to produce many crops. In the ancient times the monks of this monastery used to plant grain to supply all the nearby monasteries. Our land has about 30 hectares (74 acres) which are planted and cultivated. We are few in number but eager to learn the old farming techniques from the villagers. Our aim is to be self-sufficient and to be able to care for our lands ourselves. This is still too early right now but we are walking in faith towards the future asking the intercession of St James the Persian, St Joseph and the martyred monks of this place to fill this monastery again with a multitude of monks and sisters.

 

Our domain is planted with a variety of fruit trees: olive trees, almond trees, vines, apple trees, cherry trees, pear trees…

 

The monks work in the lands. They are assisted by friends form the village who teach them the different farming techniques. The refugees who live at the monastery also help us.