The "Thriving land" program is an initiative implemented by TAP as a "Pipeline of Good Energy" in all three of the Northern Greek regions. It aims to support the cultivation, marketing, and sale of promising agri-food products or varieties; and of produce that is locally sourced in areas along the pipeline route. This includes honey and bee products, olives and olive oil, medicinal and aromatic plants, beans, fruit, petimezi (sugar cane molasses), peppers, and animal products.
The project is implemented by the American Farm School and the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), and monitored by the Bodossaki Foundation – TAP’s partner in its SEI activities in Greece.
The open invitation that followed the launch of the "Thriving land" program was well-received by farmers, as they were interested in the opportunity to:
Overall, 373 beneficiaries –mainly farmers and stock-breeders from small production units or cooperatives– attended various specialized courses between January and June 2018. In total, American Farm School faculty delivered close to 1,000 hours of education and training across Northern Greece.
The "Thriving land" program is now entering its second phase, of practical implementation and personalized support in the fields, while in the coming autumn seminars on the processing and further promoting of products will also begin. The goal of all collaborating partners is for this particular initiative to introduce new and innovative ways to foster development in regional economy, and the agricultural sector in general, in Greece.