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Privately Funded Projects
Bodossaki Foundation – Thriving Land
The project THRIVING LAND is a project focused on strengthening education on agrifood sector, supported financially by Trans Adriatic Pipeline (Good Energy Pipeline) in collaboration with the Bodosaki Foundation, within the framework of social and environmental investments of TAP project. American Farm School and the Centre for Research and Technology (CERTH) also participate in the project as implementing bodies. 
In particular, American Farm School implements educational and consultancy activities targeted to farmers, small enterprises and collaborative business forms which are interested in showing off their products. This specific kind of education covers a broad range of agrifood sector activities, from the stage of sowing to the stages of marketing and sales or even to the products exports.     
Within the framework of the project THRIVING LAND are going to be educated in total 300 farmers, in specific and preselected products, which are cultivated in the geographical area from where the pipeline TAP passes and also in those communities which are affected by the construction of TAP in all the three regions of Northern Greece.         
The educational programs offered by the project are focused on beekeeping, plant and livestock production sectors and are presented below:

Anouncement of the program

Educational program on plant production
Beans cultivation
Herbs and aromatic plant cultivation
Genisea’s Sugar Cane Syrup project

Educational program on animal production
Dairy Cattle

Sheep and Goat farming

Educational program on apiculture
Apiculture at Kastoria and Pella

Bodossaki Foundation – Thought for Food
Bodossaki 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. 
Bodossaki Foundation - AB Vassilopoulos | Smart Farming Program

The innovative Smart Farming Program was designed and implemented by the American Farm School with a donation from AB Vassilopoulos, and in collaboration with Bodossaki Foundation. The Program introduces new technologies in the Greek primary sector and is an important step for the development of high tech farming in our country.

Through the installation of 12 state-of-the-art telemetry devices in selected areas of our country, producers have access to accurate real-time information, mapped, using their  computer and and smart devices. In this way, they make informed decisions based on important meteorological and soil parameters.

 The selected areas include agricultural products of great importance for the local and national economy. More specifically, the telemetry devices will be installed in:

  • 4 vineyards in Kavala, Kilkis and Peloponnese
  • 2 olive groves in Kalamata and Halkidiki
  • 4 kiwi production estates in Central Macedonia
  • 2 areas of meadows (pastures) in Elassona and Xanthi

At a practical level, the Program is expected to benefit about 100-120 producers, while this number will increase significantly with the addition of indirectly beneficiaries through the development of an open data platform.

This pilot program, especially with regard to Smart Farming in kiwi and table grapes, is part of the European S3 high-tech interregional platform, which involves 27 regions from all European Union member states. The results of the program will be a guide for the development of European policy in the agricultural sector after 2020, bringing Greece at the center of developments and Greek producers in a privileged position vis-.-Vis European farmers in this sector.

The project won the Golden Award in the category "Cooperation with Local Producers", in the context of the institution Super Market Awards 2019.

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Captain Vassilis & Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation – Centre for Agrofood Entrepreneurship of Kalamata

Captain Vassilis and Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation is a charitable, non-profit, private foundation, founded in 2011 to honor Captain Vassilis and Carmen Constantakopoulos. Its aim is to establish Messinia as a model for sustainable development, by supporting and promoting related projects. The Foundation plans, manages and finances programs related to research, education and support of local structures in Messinia. It trades in a wide range of areas related to rural development, society, culture and the environment by developing partnerships with institutions and bodies in the aforementioned fields.
The Center for Agri-Food Entrepreneurship of Messinia (KAEM) was established in 2016 by the Captain Vassilis & Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation and the American Farm School - Perrotis College with the support of the Peloponnese & Ionian Islands Development and Progress Association and the Municipality of Kalamata.

The aim of the Center is to fortify the entrepreneurship of the Messinian agri-food sector through the promotion and support of business ideas from individuals seeking to create a sustainable business and be actively involved in the production, processing and distribution of high quality agricultural products.

The services offered by the Center to the local community are based on scientific data on the implementation of productive processes and services, as well as the cumulative experience of the American Farm School in the field of experiential adult education and entrepreneurship.
Visit the CAEM website here.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation - Recharging the Youth Program
The "New Agriculture for a New Generation" program is an initiative that aims to create career opportunities and entrepreneurship for youth in the Agrifood sector in Greece.
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 alternative tourism.  

The program is implemented through an exclusive grant from the Stavros Niarchos foundation.

Duration:5 years
Program Overview
Demonstration applications of Animo 16 on behalf of the Greek Industry of Hyrdrolyzed Protein LLP
The Strategic Project Management 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 apple plantations. The implementation of demonstration projects is 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.
Demonstration application on apples and cherιes cultivation
Folloe project

Folloe project is a holistic approach to the revival of Agrifood sector in the rural area around Milies village and the assistance to local population regarding their active professional involvement in that sector. At this phase we will conduct the necessary study before proceeding to the implementation of certain measures. The steps for this study include collection of climatic, ground and demographic data, study of the primary sector structure and mapping of crops currently produced in the area and on-site research and interviews with local stakeholders and beneficiaries.

The final outcome will be a documented study of the area including proposals for future actions supporting the revival of agrifood sector in the area.

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