”Haver til Maver” – From Gardens to Bellies (DK)

What is it all about?

“Haver til Maver” (literally: “From Gardens to Bellies”) is a nationwide non-profit organization that works to strengthen primarily children and young people’s commitment to sustainability, food culture and health.

Practical teaching takes place in the school garden at Krogerup Avlsgaard, in the gardens of Bernstorff Palace in Gentofte Municipality, and through a wide range of local associations across the country. A total of 20 municipalities are affiliated with the “Haver til Maver” teaching activities. And every year more than 8.000 children, mostly in grade 4 to 6, get their hands dirty in what is called the “Earth’s Best classroom!”

Haver til Maver is an educational concept developed to give Danish children a good understanding of where food is coming from. Children aged 9 to 12 spend 8 school days in their local school garden from April to October. Here, they learn about the natural cycle, photosynthesis, edible gardens, cooking and healthy eating.

Children sow, grow, cultivate and harvest their own vegetables. Afterwards they cook their vegetables in the outdoor kitchen and turn their vegetables into a healthy and tasteful meal.

Connected to the “Haver til Maver” concept is “Mit Kokkeri” (“My cookery”), which is a universe of cooking developed to let the children rule the kitchen and do the cooking. Children aged 10 to 15 take part in “Mit Kokkeri” during school hours as well as at home. School children are given a cookbook with good and popular recipes. The concept is meant as an inspiration to all children. It is a useful tool if you want the children to take charge in the kitchen. So far, 170.000 children has received the book.

Another offspring of “Haver til Maver” is the project “BoGro”, which – in the light of experience with start-up of three community gardens and kitchen activities – must develop new ways of neighborliness and good life in cities.

“Haver til Maver” was established in 2006 by rural innovator and entrepreneur, Mr. Søren Ejlersen from the company “Årstiderne” (“The Seasons”), which deliver on a weekly basis locally produced organic vegetables and other food ingredients to thousands of Danish households using the Internet as the primary platform for all kinds of consumer contact. In the board of “Haver til Maver” you will also find the creator of world famous restaurant, Noma, master chef René Redzepi.

The projects are supported by the Nordea Foundation.


Why it is a Best Practice

These operations all make full use of modern electronic communication platforms such as highly professional websites and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.)

Stakeholders involved

Pupils, Students, School managers, Teachers, Kitchen staff, Parents, Food Producers (farmers & processors),

For more information

“Haver til Maver” web: http://havertilmaver.dk/


Project Manager, Tove Preisler
Phone: +45 53 62 30 22

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“Haver til Maver” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HAVER-TIL-MAVER-231034770361/
”Mit Kokkeri” web: http://mitkokkeri.dk/
”Mit Kokkeri” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mitkokkeri
”Årstiderne” web: https://www.aarstiderne.com/

Gemüse ackerdemie (DE)

What is it all about?

Basically, the Gemüse Ackerdemie is an academy for showing children in kindergarten, pupils and students how food grows and how it is grown. A group of innovative young farmers has built this academy for working with schools and kindergartens so that the children can grow/farm their own food.

The notion of “Ackerdemie” plays on the German words for “field” (Acker) and “academy” (Akademie)


Why it is a Best Practice?

The Gemüse Ackerdemie is considered a best practice for several reasons:

  • Growing vegetables can take place in the vicinity of the school ,that in a field owned by the school or belonging to a nearby farmer
  • It teaches the teachers on how to work with the children, when it comes to the topic of local food and healthy food
  • It teaches the children how food is grown
  • It builds up the network between schools and farmers
  • It is easy to understand and implement in the school system, when the Ackerdemie team is cooperating as a partner with the school


Stakeholders involved

Pupils & Students, School managers, Teachers, Kitchen staff, Parents, Food producers

For more information

Contact: Ackerdemia e.V., Prager Strasse 19, 14482 Potsdam, Germany.

Phone: 0163-254 11 09

Mail: info@ackerdemia.de

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IN FORM – Germany’s national initiative to promote healthy diets and physical activity (DE)

What is it all about?

The National Action Plan “IN FORM” aims at bringing about lasting improvements in dietary and exercise habits in Germany by 2020. It is the intention of the federal government that adults should live healthier and that children should experience a healthier upbringing. Thus, our children should benefit from a higher quality of life and better physical and mental ability in their education, jobs and private lives.

IN FORM are supported by:

  • A national agency with different networking units in Germany
  • A central website
  • With projects, best practises, information, materials and guidelines …
  • … nationwide throughout Germany

The overall aim is to support the rising awareness among consumers, who focus on how to foster a better personal health condition.


Why it is a Best Practice

The initiative IN FORM provides:

  • Guidelines, for example quality guidelines, which are important for the school administrations;
  • A platform for networking and dialogue between schools, administration, science community and other stakeholders;
  • A lot of hands-on information and best practices.

Stakeholders involved

Pupils & Students, School managers, Teachers, Kitchen staff, Parents, Food producers, Retailers, the Federal government and the Science community


For more information

Contact: IN FORM Geschäftsstelle
Referat 525 – Ernährung und Prävention
Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung (BLE)
Deichmanns Aue 29, 53179 Bonn
Web: in-form@ble.de

Dr. Daniel Schoenert, phone 0228 99 6845-3523
Stefanie Hollberg, phone: 0228 99 6845-3613
Amelie Dübner, phone: 0228 99 6845-3765

IN FORM website: www.in-form.de/buergerportal/start.html

The Lower Rhein University examines the quality of school meals: www.ag-schulverpflegung.de

More information and guidelines about school meals: www.schuleplusessen.de

Milk for Schools – Action and teaching materials on milk and dairy products (DE)

What is it all about?

This example of public distribution of milk to schoolchildren is based on an initiative of the dairy farmers and their organizations in Niedersachsen in Germany for working with schools and kindergartens.

The dairy organizations provide:

  • Teaching material on milk, for instance on its nutritional importance and value, the milk production chain, making different kind of milk products;
  • Information that is targeted for specific age groups.


Why it is a Best Practice

The dairy farmers and their associations offer their help to schools regarding:

  • Rising awareness of good, regional and well-balanced food
  • Well prepared material for everyone, who is interested

Stakeholders involved

Pupils & Students, School managers, Teachers, Kitchen Staff, Parents and Food producers

For more information

Landesvereinigung der Milchwirtschaft Niedersachsen e.V., Seelhorststraße 4
30175 Hannover

Phone: 0511. 8565 3-0
Fax: 0511. 85653-98
Mail: landesvereinigung@milchwirtschaft.de

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See also: AHA-04-bp-concering the research on milk in schools

”SchmExperten” (DE)

The Association of Countrywomen in cooperation with pupils and teachers in schools

What is it all about?

“Between whole meal bread and chocolate bars – we make children feel how good food tastes”. An initiative of the Association of Countrywomen and the AID for working with schools and kindergartens. A nice play with various German words: “zu schmecken” (to taste), experts and “experimentieren” (to experiment) = “SchmExperten”. Initiated in 2014, now the project starts for the second season.

From May 2013, countrywomen are already working nationwide as external specialists at secondary schools together with teachers. More than 5.000 children have been trained by the SchmExperten of Germany.

The project is providing:

  • Trained teachers as so-called SchmeExperts
  • Educational material for teaching on how to become future SchmeExperts


Why it is a Best Practice

The countrywomen offer their help to schools because of:

  • The growing awareness for good, regional and balanced food;
  • A need of learning material for everyone, who is interested to become a ”SchmExpert”.

Stakeholders involved

Pupils, Students, School managers, Teachers, Kitchen staff, Parents, Food Producers (farmers & processors),

For more information

AID infodienst
Ernährung, Landwirtschaft, Verbraucherschutz e.V.
Heilsbachstraße 16
53123 Bonn

Phone: 0228 8499-0
Fax: 0228 8499-177
Internet: http://www.aid.de/
Mail: aid@aid.de

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See: AHA-05-bp-SchmExperten-second-roung

See: AHA-06-bp-card-play-food-facts

The ECOTROPHELIA competition (RO)

What is it all about?

ECOTROPHELIA is an annual international contest for innovative and ecological food products, addressed to graduate, postgraduate and doctoral students.

Initially, the competition was organized under the patronage of the European Technology Platform “Food for Life”, and the contest has since gained a great popularity at the European level. Thus, in the last competition 18 teams of students were participating: Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, England, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain and Ukraine.

The national phase of the 2015 competition in Romania took place in Timisoara on May 25 and 26, where 4 students from the Faculty of Environmental Protection represented the University of Oradea.

The students took part in this competition with two innovative food products, that is Picked Plums and a Spicy Game Sauce made of fruits and vegetables. Some of the features that characterize these two new products are:

  • They are made of local food products only;
  • They present a solution for consuming local food products in a different form – even when it out of season;
  • The recipes use vegetables and fruits that are traditionally used and characteristically associated with our region.


Why it is a Best Practice

The ECOTROPHELIA answers to a challenge, which is common to all the European countries, namely the problem of bringing closer education and research communities within the field of food industry. Thus, it strengthen our ability to imagine and design high quality and environmentally friendly food products for the consumers.

The European competition is a good opportunity for these students to demonstrate their knowledge, creativity and innovative spirit in their future profession – which is one as a specialist in the food industry with a particular focus on the development of eco-innovative food products.


Stakeholders involved

Pupils & Students, School managers, Teachers, Kitchen Staff, Food producers.

For more information

Contact: University of Oradea
Faculty of Environmental Protection
Str. Universităţii nr. 1, Oradea, 410087, Bihor, Romania

Phone: +40 259 412550, Mobile: +40 745 302230

Mail: asupuran@uoradea.ro


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW6r73Fvsi4 – national phase of the competition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0fNZIi2yFs – video presentation of the Spicy Game Sauce

”VitalMenü” Regional products in school canteens (DE)

What is it all about?

The association Agrarmarketing Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (AMV) with partners from business, politics and administration – and with participation of children of different ages – has developed, cooked and tested a variety of tasty menus for school kitchens and caterers. The result of these activities is a collection of recipes as well as a database containing information about producers, suppliers and dealers.

There are clear quality criteria behind the development and use of the “VitalMenü”:

  • Use is always made of regional products, grown in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, processed or manufactured in the region
  • Use of seasonal and fresh products
  • The food selection is made according to the DGE-quality standards
  • Gentle preparation of food
  • Exclusion of products containing food flavor enhancer and artificial colourants


Why it is a Best Practice

The initiative is an example of a broad network of business, politics and administration, caterers, schools and stakeholders in the health sector such as e.g. health insurance.

The project contributes to improvement of good health among children and adolescents. Regionality, sustainability and health improvement are key words in the “VitalMenü” concept.

Stakeholders involved

Pupils, Students, School managers, Teachers, Kitchen staff, Parents, Food Producers (farmers & processors), Retailers and public health insurance.

For more information

Contact: Agrarmarketing Mecklenburg-Vorpommer e.V.
Mr. Jarste Weuffen managing director or Ms Kerstin Hintze, project officer,
Feldstraße 2, 18182 Bentwisch.
Mail: info@mv-ernaehrung.de. Phone: 0381-2523871

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ToL in the Classroom (RO)

What is it all about?

In the spring of 2015, several classes on healthy food were taught to 10th grade high school students at Mihai Viteazul Technical College, in Oradea, Romania. The teaching activities focused on the awareness of the concepts of “healthy”, “unhealthy” and “regional”.

As part of the teaching, the teachers have created a handbook for these lessons including not only some basic theory but also various recipes stimulating students, who want to try for themselves to produce a healthy and local meal. Further, since the handbook appears in Romanian as well as in English language, it may also be used for developing the students’ language skills.
In the process of teaching ToL, the college also encourage pupils to have lunch in the school canteen. It welcomes criticism as well as good suggestions in order to improve canteen lunches.


Why it is a Best Practice?

The whole project aims towards encouraging healthy food in school canteens and so, the real beneficiaries of this project really are the students. It is important for them to be aware of the school’s efforts – and for the school to ask for their opinion.

Stakeholders involved

Pupils & students, School managers, Teachers

For more information

Contact:  Hontila Ramona, English teacher at Mihai Viteazul Technical College, Oradea, Bihor county, Romania
Mail: ramo_pam@yahoo.com

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Romanian ToL Handbook (.pdf)

Sugar free Primary Schools (FI)

What is it all about?

In 2011, the City of Vaasa introduced a concept of Primary Schools completely free from candy, ice cream and sweetened beverages. The National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland started the change by challenging the schools in Finland to introduce “sugar free zones”. This means that parents and pupils are not allowed to bring candy, ice cream and sweetened beverages into the school. Further, these items can no longer be sold in school.
Most of the parents were pleased with change into sugar free zones.  The teachers’ view of the matter is positive too, since they have observed that the pupils’ average weight has been declining after the “No Sugar”-initiative. Teachers also say, that they don´t have to negotiate with parents any longer about bringing candy gifts to school, simply because the rule is now the same for everybody.


Why it is a Best Practice

The “No Sugar”-initiative is considered a best practice, because it targets the problem of obesity among kids, which is a growing concern. Snacks with high sugar content have an effect on this. This initiative is a way you can make a difference in young pupils’ health at primary school age.

Stakeholders involved

Pupils, School managers, Teachers, Kitchen staff, Parents

For more information

Contact Tarja Paikkala, coordinator for Health Promotion, City of Vaasa for more information.
Mail: tarja.parikkala@vaasa.fi. Phone: +358-40-559 2286.

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Organic breakfast-boxes for children (DE)

What is it all about?

Every year, first grade school children in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern receives a reusable breakfast box, the so-called “Bio-Brotbox”. The food box contains a healthy organic breakfast as well as information to the parents on organic agriculture, food and current health issues. In September 2015 more than 5.000 first-graders in 88 schools were able to enjoy a Bio-Brotbox.

The Bio-Brotbox action is staged annually with an increasing number of participants. Volunteer, broad social alliances such as the “Landaktiv – Verein für ökologische Landwirtschaft, umweltgerechte Fischerei und Gesundheit in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.” organize the action. The organic food ingredients are provided from locally-based private companies in the region.

The Bio-Brotbox action has a number of well-documented effects:

  • It leads to increasing awareness in the families, that every child should have a daily breakfast
  • Children learn how to recognize the origin of the food they eat
  • In general, they learn how to appreciate healthy food


Why it is a Best Practice?

For many children and their parents, the Bio-Brotbox is the first contact with organic food products. With their involvement in the action, numerous companies in the organic food industry and other sectors demonstrate a social commitment in their region. Thus, the food boxes may become part of the CSR policies of the companies.


Stakeholders involved

Pupils & students, School managers, Teachers, Parents, Food producers, Retailers, Local government

For more information

Contact: Ms Nicole Knapstein or Ms Jana Kachel. Landaktiv e.V., Lindenstrasse 26c, DE-18347 Ostseebad Dierhagen, Germany.
Phone: +49 038226 53531
Mail: info@landaktiv-mv.de

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