Bodossakis Foundation, in collaboration with the American Farm School and the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, designed an innovative program that contributes to the creation of a framework of robust rural development in Greece. The program aims to support farmers, small enterprises and collaborative schemes that are active in five product categories where Greece enjoys comparative advantages: Olive tree cultivation and products, aromatic plants, animal farming and products, as well as selected fruit and vegetable categories, such as beans, sweet Florina peppers and chestnuts.
The American Farm School is responsible for providing training and consultancy services that cover a wide range of topics, from cultivation to marketing and exports. The support provided is available both at group and at individual, in-house levels.
Sheep Farm Consulting (Pilot Action). Watch the video here.
Arkadian Sheep Farmer Training Project
Shepherds’ Cooperative “Voskos” Training Project
Floating Lettuces Project
Captain Vassilis & Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation and the American Farm School inaugurated the Centre for Agrifood Entrepreneurship of Messinia (CAEM), based in the city of Kalamata on the 10th of October 2016.
CAEM aims to offer practical support to individuals wishing to engage in the production, processing and trade of high added value agricultural products. The Centre’s operation started with a series of experiential training seminars that aim to enhance the trainees’ entrepreneurial mind-frame, the development of entrepreneurial ideas and the improvement of technical skills.
Visit the CAEM website here.
In 2013, the Board of Directors of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced a call to action to help create new opportunities for Greece’s younger generations, which are severely impacted by the country’s current alarming unemployment rate.
The American Farm School and Perrotis College, along with Rutgers University and the Agricultural University of Athens were chosen as strategic partners for the design and implementation of projects under the umbrella of the “Recharging the Youth: New Agriculture for a New Generation” program. The contribution of AFS consists of the completion of sectoral studies and the undertaking of training and consultancy activities in the fields of agriculture, animal farming, food processing and tourism.
The Strategic ProjectsManagement Office initiated the implementation of pilot/demonstrative actions on the use of innovative products of EVYP Company (AMINO 16 AMINO 16B-Zn, etc.). The products will be utilized in olive, cherry and appleplantations. The implementation of demonstration projectsis a strategic choice of the Office, as part of operations planned and implemented in order to better highlight the work of the AFS.The demonstration and information activities focus on all involved stakeholders (agricultural world, the agri-food sector professionals and society) while they constitute AFS recognition tools and its acknowledgement as one of the main innovation facilitator in the agro-food sector.