Other living labs on the Farm include the campus olive groves and vineyard, fruit orchards, vegetable gardens, greenhouses, field crops, a snail farm and more. Olive oil is pressed and tested for quality control in the campus Krinos Olive Center. Thousands of liters of wine, including the indigenous northern Greek varietal, Xinomavro, are bottled in the campus winery each year, as is the traditional pomace brandy known as Tsipouro. Students keep bees and produce honey. Perrotis College students manage the campus store that provides Farm products to the campus and local community while giving students management and retail business experience.
The majority of students in our high school and Perrotis College live on campus and the Farm’s fresh vegetables, milk, eggs and other products supply the campus dining hall serving both day and residential students, as well as visitors.
In addition to serving students enrolled in the School’s own primary, secondary and Perrotis College divisions – as well as providing an introduction to agro food systems to more than 16,000 visiting schoolchildren in 2015-2016 -- the Farm acts as a center for demonstration, training and research for adult learners. Supplementing the campus Farm, the School satellite Zannas Farm on the Axios River west of Thessaloniki provides land for field crops, as well as opportunities for field trials and other applied research projects undertaken with the School’s extensive network of academic and business partners.
Together with faculty members dedicated to their students’ success, the Farm offers a powerful combination of hands-on experiences and applied research opportunities that lead our graduates and trainees to fulfilling careers and professional accomplishment.