Tzoumakers

An open source agricultural community

“Tzoumakers” is a community-driven agricultural makerspace in Greece.

In a small mountainous village in North-Western Greece called Kalentzi, a place abundant in natural and cultural wealth, yet scarce in the economic means of welfare, the local population mostly depends on low-intensity and small-scale activities combining arboreal cultivation, husbandry and beekeeping. Investment was never overflowing in the region, let alone in today’s Greek economy in life support.

A local community of farmers assembled around a practical problem: finding appropriate tools for their everyday activities. Established market channels mostly provide with tools and machinery that are apt for the flatlands. Acquisition and maintenance costs are unsustainably high, while people often have to adapt their techniques to the logic of the machines. They began with simple meetups where they created a favourable environment to share, reflect and ideate on their common challenges and aspirations, facilitated by a group of researchers from the P2P Lab, a local research collective focused on the commons.

 

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