Farmer Portrait: Kostantis Mouzakis, Winter
This series is dedicated to the small organic farmers which bring you ANTA Bio Olive oil from the island of Zakynthos.
Our first portrait is of Kostantis Mouzakis who suggested we divide the series into seasons since the activities and philosophy of olive farming changes with them.
When asked: “Why do you chose to be an organic farmer?”
Kostantis answered simply: “Because there is no real difference between organic farming and traditional.”
In fact, the same people who tried to force pesticides on us decades ago, are the ones coming around trying to replace these chemicals or enforce limits and fines.
Konstantis’ farm is entirely self sufficient. This is a problem for people who make their living off taxing and enforcing. He self describes it as a “monastery” to the extent that they can live of the flora and fauna whose lives they enhance and protect. He looks out at the sea as if looking back to carefree times when you brought a melon into your house and let the sweet smell overpower your home.
Konstantis is also an actor and director with a local theater and has produced pieces that have been performed on the Greek National Theater’s stage and have received numerous awards.
Kostantis says: “Theater and nature are found within each other. I see no difference.”
What he observes in his passions and tries to express is a “saintly simplicity.” (αγία απλότητα) Because simple means true.
Kostantis: “Nature and art for me are the same. Perfection and harmony are found where simplicity is and masterpieces draw attention silently, something people whose identity is bound to society too often forget.”
Kostantis: “Noticing, concentrating, absorbing the way nature works is better than any seminar for me. In theater and cultivation.”
His preferred brand of theater can be described as minimalist art that forces you to think rather than chewing one or two ideas and producing colorful images for plain entertainment. You might think this is hard work but the beauty and poetry of such work provides just as much, if not more of an escape from grey reality.
We are proud that purchasing this olive oil supports the continuation of a theatrical tradition which has survived on Zakynthos through the ages.
You can keep up with Kostantis work at: https://www.facebook.com/
Farmer Portrait: Pavlos Dikopoulos, Bioland
Our small farmer portrait series continues with one of the Greek leaders in Organic Farming as well as experience travel. In addition to producing some of the worlds most healing olive oil, Pavlos Dikopoulos’ farm offers:
“A journey through time on “Dikopoulos Bioland”. Through generations our family has been committed to producing high quality Oil and Wine. Pavlos Dikopoulos, having inherited this farm on the zakynthian hills, is devoted to producing Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil and is as of now president of the association of Bio-Farmers in Zakynthos.”
The quality of Dikopoulos’ Zakynthian olive oil is world renowned scoring highest overall in the anti-inflammatory Oleocanth. The batches of oil with the most dense concentration of Oleocanth are sought as a miracle cure from debilitating diseases in the liver and brain, including Alzheimers.
Besides the medicinal uses of ANTA Bio Olive Oil, its overpowering aroma hints to the loving care with which it is made by the small family of workers.
Bioland also houses a beautiful stone villa in which guests can immerse themselves in the Greek country lifestyle in the midst of the olive trees, vineyards and a various fruit and vegetables.
Das Produkt ANTA BIO Olivenöl ist mehr als nur gutes Öl
Es unterstützt kleine Biobauern, die schwer von der Krise getroffen sind und um ihre Existenz kämpfen.
Kostantis Mouzakis mit seiner Mutter Anna beim Oliven ernten
Die Unterstützung erfolgt in Form von:
- Finanzierung der jährlichen Kosten für die Biozertifizierung
- Faires Preis-Leistungsverhältnis für Ihr Öl
- Sicherstellung des Know-How
- Kurzfristiges Ziel ist es vorhandene Biofarmen zu erhalten
- Langfristiges Ziel ist es die Anzahl der Biobauern zu steigern
Traditionelle kleine Mischbauernhöfe
Keine reinen Monokulturen
Neben Olivenbäumen auch andere Baumarten
Traditionelle Tätigkeiten werden immer noch ausgeübt.
Herstellen von Skordalia
KAMINI-Produktion von Kohle.
Ein Produkt des Olivenbaumes.
Äste werden während der Ernte geschnitten.
Brot wird gebacken.
Oliven werden händisch gepflückt.