A Nutty Month in Vamvakou and a Οne-Υear Αnniversary for the V.Lab
01 OCTOBER 2020

Village life is proverbially slow. This doesn’t hold true for the Greek village of Vamvakou, where there’s something new on offer every day, even for visitors who have been before.

October is Walnut Month in Vamvakou, which brings with it dozens of activities and educational programs. The month kicks off on the first weekend of October with a two-day celebration of sustainable gastronomy organized in collaboration with Sustainable Food Movement Greece, featuring wine tasting, bike rides, hiking, and other sporting events, as well as a new collaboration with the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata.

The village has another reason to celebrate too, beyond the walnuts: the V.Lab (Vamvakou Technology Lab fully powered by SNF), an innovative technology education center, is turning one. It has offered a full year of programs for kids, attended by more than 400 participants, and significant collaboration with organizations such as CTY Greece at Anatolia College and NOKIA Hellas. The celebration will include scientific and technological lab activities for children and adults on topics including robotics, innovation, biology, and more. On October 31, the V.Lab will host an entrance exam for the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Greece at Anatolia College for the first time.

At the same time, the Vamvakou Revival Team is launching a new partnership with New Agriculture for a New Generation in an effort to support agri-food activity in the village. The joint initiative will focus on sheep and goat farming and aromatic and medicinal plants and herbs, two sectors with significant growth potential.

The two organizations, whose work is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), are joining forces to create employment opportunities and to help locals and young entrepreneurs return to working the land.
 
Lean more at VamvakouRevival.org