American Farm School

The American Farm School Post Secondary Educational and Training Association serves society by providing formal education, technical and professional training, outreach and consultancy, new product development, entrepreneurial support, innovation facilitation, demonstration farm services and applied research. 

At the very heart of campus, the new 10,650 square foot “Vasilios S. and Aphrodite B. Haseotes” Middle School, serves up to 200 students in grades 7-9. Four science laboratories and two STEM Maker spaces ensure students have ample hands-on learning opportunities. Cutting edge educational technology facilitates design thinking and equips all students to master digital tools to create and communicate knowledge.

AFS, operating as a boundary organization, combines the long term experience in the education and training of the agrifood sector, transferring knowledge and know-how to young scientists and farmers, with the valuable experience of an innovative farmer itself.

Transnational activities and outreach opportunities come under the remit of the Innovation and Impact HUB, 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.

Finally, the holistic approach and overall practical role of the institute is met through the operation of the two 145 hectare demonstration farms which are considered as “its living laboratory”.

Meet the Team
in EnCycLEd Project

Picture of Dimitris Slavoudis of the American Farm School.

Dimitris Slavoudis

Dimitris Slavoudis is an Agronomist from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is certified in Contemporary Educational Practices and Leadership from the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, Thessaloniki. MSc holder, Science of Computers (Loughborough, England) Loughborough University of Technology. Degree in Agricultural Economics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Agricultural Sciences. He has been involved in the design of professional programs and workshops of STE(A)M development for teachers. Designed, developed and coordinated the platform teacher collaboration and file sharing for AFS teachers. He is a member of the “Strategic Planning Committee” of the Secondary Administration Education of the AGS. Participates in its Web Design Committee American School of Agriculture. He was the Director of the Vocational High School of AFS (2016-2019) and since 2019 is Principal of the Middle School of the American School of Agriculture.

Elisavet Papadopoulou

Elisavet Papadopoulou completed her studies in Psychology (BSc Hons. Psychology with Philosophy) at Sunderland University and postgraduate studies in the social sciences (MA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham in Great Britain. She has been working since 2019 at the HUB of AFS, as a researcher of social and educational issues. Participates in group project of national and international funded programs. Specializes in topics research, design and implementation of educational programs.

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Nikos Kyriakidis

Nikos Kyriakidis is a Biologist at AUTH, with the main subject of non-standard education, popularization of science and experiential education activities for children and adults. Member of the HUB of the American School of Agriculture (AFS) in planning and the implementation of projects related to Social Agriculture, the Society of Citizens and in general with the social impact of projects. It collaborates with the Medical Physics Laboratory Thess-AHALL of AUTH in management focus groups in research co-design and co-creation processes project. It collaborates with the NOEISIS Science Dissemination Center in planning and implementing educational programs for groups of children and adults.

Chara Adamidou

Chara Adamidou is a theater teacher and adult educator. As a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies and an MSc in Strategic Product Design, brings creativity with strategic insight. The deep interest in understanding the power of collective human behavior and collaboration, led her to expand her studies in HR management. With a background in theatre education, harnesses human capital both in educational and corporate environments. Specializing in experiential learning through theater techniques, designs and implements educational projects facilitating impactful learning experiences for all ages.

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Picture of Evdokia Krystallidou of the American Farm School.

Evdokia Krystallidou

Edvoika Krystallidou is the Director of the Innovation and Impact HUB of the American Farm School. She received her PhD in Animal Nutrition and an MSc in Dairy Animal Science from the University of Reading after being awarded a scholarship from IKY (Greek state scholarship institute). She teaches at Perrotis College and the Adult Education Program of the American Farm School. As the Director of the HUB at AFS she is responsible for many research projects. In this capacity she is responsible for the Agrifood Entrepreneurship Centers run by AFS in the cities of Thessaloniki and Kalamata, and oversees training and consultancy projects in over thirty locations throughout Greece. Building and managing multi-actor alliances between research institutes, civil society institutions and the real economy is one of her core activities. Her research interests include animal nutrition and its impact on animal products and human health, monitoring feed formulations to meet quality performance and animal health standards, and evaluating chemical and nutritional value of feeds.