Who We Are

Just under the rock of Acrocorinth, amidst a sea of conventional grape monoculture plantations is a mosaic of small-scale organic farms.

Being one of the first regions of Greece where mechanized conventional agriculture took hold we are now farming in marginal circumstances. In Greece, only 1% of arable land is organic. And the austerity measures still affect 99% of the country population.

In Greece, late stage capitalism is testing new ways to create cheap and flexible labor forces. But we are testing new ways to resist, and to improve our conditions as dignified human beings.

This starts with preserving our food systems and natural resources, also to secure minimal social justice. In the area of Corinth we – a dozen of young and old organic farmers – have started a solidarity export project. A firm if undersized response to Greek economical situation. A response that can only be undertaken hand in hand with our customers abroad, as solidarity is key to the global crisis.

The Cooperative

We are a network of a dozen of young and old, small scale, low impact farmers. We cultivate organic produce all year round :

  • grapes
  • oranges
  • mandarins & clementines
  • lemons
  • olives
  • apricots
  • figs
  • pomegranates
  • wheat
  • vegetables
  • herbs

We also collectively process the fruit of our labour in a natural way, to produce :

  • lemonade
  • olive oil
  • grape syrup
  • raisins
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • tomato sauce
  • herb tinctures and more…

Our intention is to cultivate in a just and fairway, respecting ourselves and the earth and provide a living soil to the next generation.

History

Values & Philosophy

Statutes & Legal Documents

Farms & Farmers

Antonis Diamantidis

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Farmer 2

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Farmer 3

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Farmer 4

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Areti Zacharopoulou

Since she was young, she was taking care and loving plants and especially herbs.

Her professional work started three years ago when in the mountain village of Pyrgos, situated in the foothills of Mavro Oros in the municipality of Xylokastron-Evrostini in North Peloponnese and on an altitude of 650m, she acquired almost two acres of land. In one of them, she grows herbs and in the other one olive trees, walnut trees, fruit trees and a part of it she maintains as a forest.

Her passion for natural and biological cultivation led her to choose the organic way. The seedlings are bought from a special bio-garden and the soil was weeded and tilled using mechanical means. Afterwards, the seedlings were hand-planted and since then she grows her herbs while her cultivation is certified as biological by a company named DIO (www.dionet.gr). All her plants grow without fertilizers or pesticides or weed killers. Herbs don’t generally need irrigation, except for lemon balm.

She cultivates her fields on her own. Weeding and harvesting are done by hand so the essential oils remain in the plants. The harvested herbs are then tied in bunches and hung in dark and well-ventilated room to dry naturally and maintain their colour and flavours. Dried herbs are stored in cotton sacks in a cool and dry place. Before their delivery to customers, leaves are removed from their woody stems by hand. All products are packed in airtight paper bags suitable for food and packaging is also certified by DIO.

I guarantee my customers that cultivation and handling of herbs are done with great attention and love and quality control is carried out at each stage of production. Since aromatic-medicinal plant users are always looking for the best quality to enjoy all their benefits, I must offer them only the best quality.