Nordic Food for Many

Goes to a person or an organization, who has done an extraordinary effort to encourage meals, quality and a Nordic food culture in public meals.

Finland – Mikaelskolan

Steinerpedagogikens Vänner i Västnyland rf. (SPV rf.) is an organisation that runs the Mikaelskolan Waldorf school and the Rosengården Waldorf daycare in Ekenäs, Finland. The school has a kitchen of its own that serves 180 portions of food per day. The school and daycare were the first in Finland to employ the Diet for a Green Planet principles. Amongst the principles are eating less meat, using locally produced and seasonal ecological produce and cutting down on food waste. The goal is to teach the students to eat sustainably produced, healthy food.

The program requires input from the kitchen staff, teachers and parents. Every fall, families deliver fruit and berries to the kitchen for the school year. All produce is as locally sourced as possible, and meat is served once a week. The school curriculum involves each grade of students in different ways: lower grades learn about the farming year in a hands-on way while the older students participate in planning meals with the school kitchen.

The program has proved that it is possible to serve sustainable meals for many people on a daily basis, while raising happy, healthy children!