Short summary
Kontogiannis Family Farm is an agroecology farm in Corinth area of Peloponnese region, focusing on the biodynamic cultivation of grapes, olives and other crops. Biodiversity is key in the Kontogiannis farm. According to the biodynamic principles, the farm is a living organism where flora and fauna harmonically coexist. The farm is an integrated, whole, living organism made up of many interdependent elements: fields, forests, vines, olive trees, medicinal plants, almond trees, animals, soils, compost, people, and the spirit of the place. The goal is to nurture and harmonize these elements, managing them in a holistic and dynamic way to support the health and vitality of the whole ecosystem.
In that sense, the company’s biodynamic practices include the application of plant-derived extracts to tackle various challenges (e.g. pest control) during the cultivation period and integration of domestic animals - i.e. sheep- to act as “natural grass mowers” in the vineyard and simultaneously fertilise the soil with their manure. With respect to the circular economy principles, the company uses a combination of agricultural and food processing waste to create its own biodynamic compost. The raw materials used include: olive tree and vine branches shreds, animal manure (cow, sheep, horse, poultry), straw (used in mushroom growing), winemaking process by-products (grape pomace, wine lees), olive press by-products (olive leaves, olive paste, olive pomace) and almond hulls.
Kontogiannis Family Farm has been certified organic since 1999 and certified biodynamic (Demeter International) since 2006.
Farm name Kontogiannis Family Farm
Country Greece
Area Corinth, Peloponnese Region
Farm type Biodynamic organic cultivations
Organic farm Yes
Size of farm 24.5 ha
Farm management type Commercial Farm
Farm contact person Theo Kontogiannis
Email tk(at)kontogiannisfamily.gr
Demonstration activities Agroecological farming practices (organic, biodynamic), Agroecological vineyard management, Agroecological olive orchard management, Topics not related to a specific crop or animal
On the following crops: Olive trees, Grapevines, Almond trees, Medicinal and aromatic plants
On the following crop topics: Fertility and soil management, Cover crops, Agroecological weed management
On the following animals: Sheep husbandry
On the following topics (animal husbandry related): Biodynamic compost preparation from cow manure, Sheeps as natural lawn-mowers
On farm management and diversification topics Biodiversity and nature management, Circular economy, Climate change mitigation and adaption, Smart Farming Technologies, Sustainable business models