Nordic Food for children and youth

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Finland – Kokkaa kotimaista (cook domestic)

How does Finnish food taste?

The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) and Association for Rural Culture and Education (MSL) have made a practical “Kokkaa Kotimaista” (cook domestic) food education model for eight-graders.

The aim of the model is to tell about Finnish primary production in a delicious and concrete way. It allows children to cook and get acquainted with the rich Finnish food culture. Food producers who are members of local MTK associations deliver delicious food baskets for use by students, giving young people chance to meet food producers as well. Teaching material is free for schools.

Young consumers are increasingly interested in what they eat and how and where food is produced. At the heart of the debate are a healthy diet, food responsibility and environmental issues. The “Kokkaa Kotimaista”- campaign wants to inspire young people to cook, because the power of a meal cooked and enjoyed together is impressive.

The model has been made easy for home economics teachers to implement. The food basket favors domestic ingredients and local food. The material in Finnish can be viewed freely here: