Founded over a century ago, the American Farm School (AFS) serves society by providing formal agricultural education, technical and professional training, outreach and consultancy, new product development, entrepreneurial support, innovation facilitation, demonstration farm services and applied research. The holistic approach and overall practical role of the institute are met through the operation of the two 145 hectare demonstration farms which are considered as “its living laboratory”. In addition to the above services, AFS offers a portfolio of boutique products including Ω3 eggs, pasteurized milk and various other dairy products, turkey meat, pasta, wine, aromatic and pharmaceutical plants and oils, honey and vegetables. All of the above have created over the years a sustainable niche market in Thessaloniki and Athens regions. Operating as a boundary organization, AFS combines the long-term experience in the education and training on the agrifood sector, transferring knowledge and knowhow to young scientist and farmers, with the valuable experience of an innovative farmer itself.
Transnational activities and outreach opportunities come under the remit of the Strategic Program Management Office (SPMO), AFS’s dedicated project management mechanism, which focuses on achieving long-term institutional results through the identification of opportunities, the selection, design and implementation of large projects. The Office ensures that the goals of the selected projects align with the institution’s strategic mission and objectives and that their implementation is undertaken efficiently. The SPMO consists of a team of specialists that comprise a diversified skills portfolio. It plans, undertakes, implements and supervises a series of projects that can be divided into the following categories: