chapter  5
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The Production of Olives and Olive Oil in Nohia and Platanos

In the previous two chapters I looked at the way in which two different developments in the occupational structure of Nohia and Platanos, handcrafts and greenhouses, affected the work and impacted on the lives of the women (and their households) who took up these activities. Here, I will try to look at an activity common to almost all households in the two villages; that of the cultivation of olive trees for production, mainly of olive oil. This cultivation formed the basis of household income before greenhouses and handcrafts were introduced and has continued to play an important role in the economies of the households ever since. I will also try to highlight the differences in the work demands for those women who combine the cultivation of olives with either market gardening or production of handcrafts, with those who do not.