Organic Islands® is a family firm which cultivates organic aromatic plants and herbs.
We are based on the Cycladic island of Naxos, in Greece. An island far from any source of contamination, with ideal climate and soil conditions for growing organic herbs. The firm was founded in October 2010.
Our farms are located in two areas of the island,Sangri, a small village at the centre of the island 15km from the town of Naxos and Eggares village, 7Km from the town of Naxos, Chora. We started out planting Melissa Officinalis and by the end of 2013 we were growing 8 different aromatic and medicinal plants and herbs aiming to produce 12-14 species at the end of 2014.
An area of 12.000 m2 in total was initialy cultivated in 2010.
During 2013 the total cultivated area reached 28.000 m2, expanding to 50.000 m2 in 2014 and targeting 150.000 m2 by the end of 2016.
Organic Islands® is the first and still the only firm in the Cyclades that cultivates certified organic aromatic and medicinal plants and herbs. We cultivate our plants in accordance with the European Regulations on organic farming and therefore our plants are free from toxins, pesticides and other chemicals that are used in other farming practices. Furthermore, the fact that our farms are situated on an island in the middle of the Aegean means that we grow our plants in a completely pollution free environment, far from any sources of contamination that could affect their qualitative characteristics. The climate of the region is also a very significant factor in producing herbs of the finest quality: the combination of long dry periods (can last up to six months), full sun, small variations in temperature and the cooling effect of the Aegean winds have been proven to improve the scent and taste of herbs and the overall quality (e.g. high % of essential oils, etc). Our organic herbs are handpicked during a very specific harvesting period and are carefully dried the same day under very specific conditions using drying equipment that has been specially designed for herbs. During the processing phase we ensure that the final product is free from sand, stalks, plant debris and other foreign materials. After the product is packaged it is placed in a storage area away from direct sunlight and humidity (dehumidifier is used to regulate the humidity levels which can be high on the island) until it is prepared to be shipped to our clients. Our products are rich in essential oils and this is what gives them their distinct aroma and flavor, as unique as the land where we have our roots.
We strongly believe in the practices and values of organic farming and one of our main aims is to persuade others on the island of Naxos as well as of the Cyclades to follow our path. Traditional practices together with today's knowledge and technology can protect the environment (air, soil, water, flora, fauna) and produce valuable, wholesome rich in aroma organic products.