Costa’s Pappou (grandfather) was a market gardener and that’s where Costa learnt about growing food. His grandmothers were the ones that taught him the importance of cooking and eating. His Pappou was obsessed with composting and building up the soil.
His number two love after gardening is sport. He was a member of local RSL youth club and was also a gymnast. Costa is also is a rugby referee: “I referee rugby – a lot of young people’s rugby, schools and under 19s, under 20s. I just love it. I love the running around; it keeps me fit. I know an incredible number of people around the area just because I’ve been reffing them since they were kids. For me my rugby refereeing is meditation. I turn up and for that 70 or 80 minutes the world is turned off and all I’m focused on is what’s happening on the field.”
Surfing at Bondi is another passion. Costa is a qualified Landscape Architect and studied at the University of NSW. As a student he used to mow lawns in Coogee but to make cash to travel overseas after graduating, he worked as a clown at Darling Harbour. Costa took off to Europe where he worked on and off for the best part of a decade working on roof-top gardens, community composting, natural swimming ponds and wetlands working in Vienna, Austria and Bavaria. Costa’s linguistic skills include German, French, Czech, Greek and English.
Costa believes in embracing and celebrating mother nature’s cycles and seasons and nurturing her balance, beauty and bounty organically. His holistic approach is all about gardening the soil and the soul.
Costa’s charm, charisma and passion are invigorating and irresistible, he has a gift for making his important messages engaging and highly entertaining.