The Dutch Youth Food Movement Academy have written a wee blog post about their recent study trip to Edinburgh where they sought to explore Scotland’s gastronomy and food system over three themed days.
We were delighted that the Academy chose to visit Edinburgh this year, and it was a honour to meet such a diverse and friendly group from another country and be able to discuss the differences and similarities about issues in the food system as well as have them attend and participate in our Exploring Food System’s event.
Steph and Gillian from SFYN Scotland participated in their programme over most of their visit which gave them access to some community projects and venues in the City they had not visited before. We also arranged food tours of different Edinburgh neighbourhoods so our visitors could get a sense of what different parts of Edinburgh had to offer in terms of sustainable food and the community, as well as doing a special collaborative Scran Salon. Further posts on the neighbourhood tours and visit to follow!
What is the Youth Food Movement Academy?
The Youth Food Movement Academy is an essential part of the Youth Food Movement, the Dutch branch of the Slow Food Youth Network.
The YFM Academy is an interactive training program that allows young professionals and students from the hospitality industry, agriculture and food sector to increase their knowledge about the food system. During the intensive program, participants talk to each other and talk to farmers, fishermen, chefs, scientists, journalists and policy makers on important, topical food issues.
The YFM Academy takes six months and consists of an introduction weekend, seven themed days and a study trip abroad. Besides the master classes, the participants contribute substantially to the solution of problems in the food sector by working on case studies for organisations and companies.