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The story of food

Not a day goes by that isn't filled with food. Not even an hour. A cup of coffee with a biscuit, a banana, an apple, some juice, a cup of soup... Our meals create the rythm of our day: breakfast, lunch and diner. It's so obvious that we often don't give it any thought. The importance of food that is. And we're not just talking about things like vitamins.

This is the story of food.
Food plays a leading role in our lives. In fact it forms one fifth of the world economy. It defines our health, our quality of life, and our environment.

This is the story of food.
We face many challenges. How do we produce enough food for everyone? How do we do this in a non-polluting way? And how safe is our food anyway?

This is the story of food.
Food provides opportunities. For our region it can bring substantial employment. The reorganisation of our environment. The forming of new food chains. Food has such an impact on the world, and therefore on us. So let's take some time to really consider it.

Here is the story of food...

Initiatives in Groningen:

Eat well at a young age

To teach children everything there is to know about vegetables, fruit and meat. To make healthy, responsible and tasty choices. That is what the programme 'Learning to eat well at young age' is all about.

School gardens

You could call them outdoor classrooms. Learning about food doesn't limit itself to the classroom. Outdoors is where skills and knowledge wait to be learned!


'Toentje' or in English 'Little Garden' is a foundation where volunteers grow fresh vegetables for the food bank! This special project brings people together by means of activation, food production, education and health improvement. In Toentje the city grows!

Bie de Buuf

Bie de Buuf is a neighbourhood restaurant and a meeting place in the Oosterparkwijk in Groningen. You can eat a local and seasonal lunch or diner. A three-course dinner for just seven euros...

Regional Cooperative of Westerkwartier

Regional cooperative Westerkwartier creates employment in sustainable and local food. Regional food chains are (re) activated so that hospitals for instance, can aquire their 30.000 meals a day for a bigger part from their own region.

The Mushroom company

A beautiful concept: recycle the leftovers from a cup of coffee. De Zwammerij (the mushroom company) makes it their business case. Collecting the coffee grounds and employing this as a fertile basis for the growth of oyster mushrooms. They can serve wonderful dishes for the canteen of the company that donated its coffee grounds to them.

The good fishermen

There are fishermen that want to make a change. With smart techniques to catch only mature fish, with the least damage to seabed, seawater, birds and mammals.They want fishery to be healthy again, in trade and ecology. They want to earn an honest living. They are the good fishermen.

The Sustainable North. Food table

If you cherish food and sustainability you can find like-minded people at the chain table Food for City and Region from The Sustainable North. In fact it was them who started the idea of The Story of Food.

The local farmer

No more food kilometres, responsibly grown vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, dairy and eggs, brood and wheat. No more intermediary trade so you pay the farmer directly. There are pick up points in your town, so join us!

International climate institute in Groningen

The Energy Academy Europe building in Groningen will be the home of the GCECA. The Netherlands works with Japan and UN Environment to establish the Centre of Excellence to help countries to adapt to a warming climate, which is increasing the frequency of natural disasters and causing economic disruptions.

Where is our food coming from?

And is is safe what we eat? School children go and find out together with Alina Kiers. She made this series for Groningen's local tv channel as part of the Healthy Ageing Week. The pupils meet farmers and growers and get answers to their questions.

The wild butcher

Here you purchase sustainably hunted wild meat and game from the provinces Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. The selection varies with the seasons ofcourse. In the wild shop you can get hands on advice about cooking, origin and current situation of wild game.

Blue zones in the North

Scientists recognised some five areas in the world where people reach an older average age, mainly by their way of life. The Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands aims to create such areas in our living environment in The Netherlands.

Urban farming

Based on five years experience the city network urban farming drafted ten tips for everyone who wants to start urban farming in their neighbourhood. How to organise such a project, how can your municipality collaborate, how to create Sales. It is shown in this (Dutch) video.

The edible city

Vegetable gardens for and by the neighbourhood. Supported by the Nature and Environment Federation and the City of Groningen. Here you'll find the edible city map where you can locate fruit baring trees in the city parks or larger vegetable gardens and neighbourhood orchards. Even a step-by-step plan to lay out a vegetable garden.

Back to the grain!

The Grain Republic has settled in the Groninger landscapes, where the golden yellow mosaics of wheat fields used to paint the view.. They are gone: hulled wheat, einkorn, black oats. Old grain species, biologically grown with a rich and unique taste. The Grain Republic brings them back, together with recipes for cooking. On to the future!