I am 66 years old and a farmer from my childhood to date. I was born and raised in Meskla, by parents who were farmers, taking me with them in the fields, for as long as I can remember myself. They taught me love for the olive tree, which offers much to people but demands so little. Our earth offers us everything generously. I have always loved it, honored it, taken care of it and done my best to cultivate it, not to abuse it, offering to receive back, rather than taking out of the land greedily. I am very proud to live in this place. We have 600 trees, 43 acres, yet in very small plots of land, because there has been no land redistribution. If what you do is a labour of love, nothing is an obstacle. I raised 4 children with the income of my land. A saying we have since ancient times is: None more ungrateful than ungrateful beneficiaries.
“If what you do is a labour of love, nothing is an obstacle. None more ungrateful than ungrateful beneficiaries.”