The program supports proper nutrition for children, through the creation of a platform that helps minors and adults to develop gardening activities at home, school, neighborhood, etc.. Little Green Farmers is implemented by the Strategic Project Management Office of the American Farm School in collaboration with the AgroApps company, within the framework of the initiative RESEARCH - CREATE – INNOVATE, which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and national funds.
Research on the nutritional needs began over the summer with the help of the “Summer on the Farm” program participants and continues in the Pre-K and Kindergarten with the participation of students, teachers and parents. The AFS Elementary School serves as the exclusive pilot program for the digital guide.
Little Green Farmers aims to promote farming activities through a digital and interactive platform used as a guide. The platform is aimed at groups of children from schools, environmental groups, neighborhoods, and even individuals, who have developed some farming activity in schoolyards, home gardens or other urban areas and want to share their own farming experience. Children, either alone or with their teachers and parents, will be able to upload photos and videos of their crops to the platform, compare plant growth and exchange ideas and information.
The platform will be based on artificial intelligence technologies in order to create an educational chatbot, which will provide information on cultivation methods and the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables, through a playful learning environment. In addition, the platform will support the collection of data from various sources and soil condition monitoring sensors (IoT) in order to provide appropriate cultivation advice.
In the context of the design of the digital guide / platform, a relevant questionnaire both for adults and children has been distributed.
It should be noted that small-scale amateur vegetable gardens are used as an innovative environment for experiential learning and heightening children’s awareness of nutrition issues, creating school networks, groups, etc. that promote this form of learning.