Thanks to a productive partnership between the American Farm School and the Captain Vassilis & Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation, the Center for Agri-food Entrepreneurship of Messinia (CAEM) opened last October to high demand.
The purpose of this dynamic new entrepreneurship center in the city of Kalamata is to strengthen innovative entrepreneurial activity in the agri-food sector of Messinia. AFS was invited by the Foundation to provide its expertise in adult education and extension services by designing and implementing experiential programs for adults in the region. It also welcomed graduates of AFS’ Professional Education training seminars to continue their education through the Center.
CAEM offers its students hands-on seminars in critical aspects of the agri-food sector, and provides participants with advice on establishing or strengthening new and existing businesses. The Center currently offers six courses: Cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants, Utilization of medicinal and aromatic plants, Olive oil production and standards, Processing and preserving food, Rural business management, and Online marketing of agricultural products. The Center plans to expand its reach in the coming years.