"Zakynthos has a positive energy, thin, fine, can be everywhere, energy to take care not only for oneself, but for all Greece and all the world. It is also one big center of civilization. I see it as a small paradise for everybody, for the people that leave here and for visitors" an interview with Dimitrios Therianos
I'm 42 years old, I was born here in this village. I'm a farmer, my father was a farmer, I grow raisins, olives, and wine. I never met my grandfather from the father's side, but he was also a farmer. I learned from my father. He also worked in community, as a president of this village of approximately 200 residents, and for the board of the Zakynthos. My goals are to continue farming and also to work in the community, for my village, for the island and for the whole Greece.
I make organic, natural food and medicine, healthy products. I learned from ancient books, Hippocrates and others. I learned that food is medicine, and medicine is food, and that one needs a healthy body to have a healthy mind. I started to use this knowledge in a practical way. I wanted to make my farm bigger and more open, but to do this, I needed scientists close to me - to prove the things that I learned and practiced. So I did a research and found two professors from the University of Athens, who worked in a very special way, mixing dogmas of our ancestors with new technology systems and experience. We started to work together with the university, and I learned new things again, to make better service for my products and my people. If you keep knowledge only to yourself, you don’t have a life - we must pass knowledge to other people.
My vision when I was young was to make something and to bring all my brothers and sisters together. At the farm, it’s a kind of synergy between us. I am good at something, my brother and my sisters are good at something else.
What I want to do here is to be a sender for the world. Everybody can come here and can feel everything, the products and the phyloxenia (friendship with the people that we don’t know).
In 2013, we have opened the farm to the public. It was a difficult time, because we lost a part of our product and I began to get scared a little, questioning if what I do is good or not. At the time, all of the people said to me, ‘leave this path, leave organic farming, because it’s not good for you, you’ve lost a lot of money.’ But I said no, with my passion I believed in it, and I said ‘I started it and I will continue’.
It also applies to the work in my newly built villas. To work in a nice, positive way for our guests. To give the best we can give to them.
MY IDEA IS to make Zakynthos an ecological organic island. IN 2011 we created a non profit company Eco Zakynthos to connect all agro tourism. For me ECO Zakynthos means to pass the vision. I never give up on a vision… It is like a drop on the rock.. it makes a hole. If you have your vision in the heart and you work for it slowly, one day it becomes true. If everybody, political system, associations, businessmen, would start to listen to our vision, take it and talk about it, one day I think it will become true.
Zakynthos is my base. I make all my experiments, research here. Here is my farm, my family. I don’t want to move away permanently, but I want to have two lands. One here and one in Athens, to move between the two and to be dynamic
MED Land project / bojanb