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Friday, March 29, 2013

You Can Go Home Again - And Start a Business: Agricultural Education in Greece

The impacts of an economic crisis require young people who are out of work to shift their priorities as well as become creative and forward thinking regarding career choices. As jobs become scarce in the cities, young people are increasingly moving back to their family homes and using the family land to establish new business concepts:

Elena Garcia - We heard a lot about young people moving home to be supported by their parents, but some young people are making their own way once they resettle with their families. We met with the Vice President of the American Farm School (AFS) in Thessaloniki, Greece, and learned about some very positive aspects of moving home. The AFS offers secondary and college education in the areas of sustainable agriculture, environmental and other life sciences. Students include young people moving back from Athens to their family homes in towns and villages, primarily in northern Greece. In AFS entrepreneurial programs, students learn how to best utilize the land that has been in their families for generations to start new businesses. Using traditional family farming to begin agricultural start-up businesses, young entrepreneurs are leveraging their prospects in the market in such industries as sheep raising and cheese-making.

Photo: egg deliveries made by motor scooter.

You Can Go Home Again - And Start a Business: Agricultural Education in Greece

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