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The development of the training program on local and regional food for practitioners is currently in progress. It will take place in February 2015.

Since the main target group is now food network managers/coordinators, it was agreed that a rapid needs assessment of food networks is required. To do that, project partners will be contacting relevant food networks via telephone and e-mail to interview their managers/coordinators. A short questionnaire was developed for that purpose.. In addition, a food expert from the Institute for Food Studies & Aggro-industrial Development, IFAU ApS, Denmark, was contracted to provide additional input to the program, recognizing their long experience of capacity building of food networks in the Baltic region. It is expected that the program will be finalized by mid-January 2015.

11 / 12 / 2014

Project partner workshop in Copenhagen

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On 29-31 October 2014, Cross-country Thematic Expert Group Workshop on the development of the training program on local and regional food for practitioners took place in Copenhagen, Denmark with participation of 9 representatives of 4 project partners (i.e.  Catharina Gro Nielsen, Birthe Kofoed, and Anton Petrenko from UCSJ; Bitte Muller-Hansen and Andreas Hakansson from KU, Andreas Diettrich and Britta Will from RU; Philipp Brinkmann from MU; and Indre Butiene from UK).

At the workshop, the participants provided update on the status of development of different components of e-learning course on local and regional food and planned both content and methodology of the seminar for practitioners.

The participants furthermore discussed and finally agreed to change the target group of the seminar for practitioners  from that of practitioners and students to that of food network managers. The argument for the change was that:

1) past research and own experience of partners shows that one of the biggest needs of individual local food producers is strengthening their networking skills.

2) targeting food networks managers/coordinators may have a multiplier effect on practitioners as local and regional food networks can reach a far larger number of food producers than a single project workshop.

3) the project partners established contact with several key local and regional food networks in their regions and countries that are interested in learning about the local and regional food.

It is planned to invite 20 representatives from maximum 20 food networks in partner countries in the South Baltic region.

 

17 / 09 / 2014

Upcoming event: Workshop in Copenhagen

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On October 29-31 2014, a cross-contry expert workshop will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The object of the workshop is development of the training program on local and regional food for practitioners.

Highlights from the agenda:

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

  • Objectives, expected results and program of the workshop
  • Update on the status of development of e-course on local and regional food in the South Baltic region (component 1-3)

Thursday, 30 October 2014

  • Update on the status of implementation of national educational programs (in the participating countries)
  • Plenary discussion of content, methodology and practical aspects of Activity 5.4 – Seminar for students and practitioners in February 2015

Friday, 31 October 2014

  • Update on status of scientific publications
  • Update on internship for students
  • Planning of activities in the rest of 2014
  • Conclusion and the way forward
12 / 09 / 2014

Pilot Course interview with participants

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From may 22-25 a pilot course was held in Kristianstad, Sweeden.

The aim of the course was to test the teaching material for the REGFOOD course, which will be implemented in an online course at the four partner institutions in the end of this year/beginning of next year.

 

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In the following you can read an interview witht two of the Danish participants, regarding their experiences of the pilot course:

Signe Sørensen, student at Ankerhus

What were your expectations before the course?

I was very excited and I felt privileged to be able to go. My  general expectations was based on the goal of the project;  More specifically finding a solution on how to improve the market for local food production.

 How was the preparation before the course?

We were assigned to make an interview with some local food producers, regarding their working procedure, culture, history, business strategy and network. I was involved in 4 interviews. It was very interesting to get a glimpse of their life and we were invited inside, almost as a part of the family. They were very dedicated to answer our questions.

The 4 places I went to were a local fruit/vegetables producer, a stock breeder,  a bee-keeper and a sheep breeder.

 How was the teaching material of the course?

The general impression of the material could have been better. The lessons were a bit diffuse and there was too much going on in too little time. I also experienced the difficulty of language and culture constraints. The lessons about business strategy however, was very interesting and insightful to discuss in groups.

 Did you go on any excursions?

Yes, we went to an old farm from year 1600, where we could taste the food from that time. We also went to a local food fair with local quality food. It was an eye-opening experience to see the innovations such as aspargus-icecream and birch-beer from the local food producers. It was incredibly educational to be told about how the producers were educated and how they got the ideas to their products.

 Do you have any other experiences you would like to tell about?

Yes,  some of the evenings we made local national food for dinner, together with the other participants from Sweden, Germany and Lithuania. It was super fun and well structured.

We had a Swedish national fish dish, Lithuanian white salad, snack-bread with garlic and cheese, potato and pork dish and Danish salad with bacon, vegetables and liquorice-dressing and rhubarb compote for dessert.

 What did you gain from the experience of the pilot course?

Generally, it was a very good experience that I wouldn’t have been without. Even though it was a pilot course, I have learned a lot.

 Was it relevant in relation to your education?

Yes, it was very relevant and it has boosted my interest in local food production. It also helped me find out what direction I want to go in my further education (Master degree).

 

Cecilie Yde, student at Ankerhus

What were your expectations before the course?

My expectations to the pilot course was to meet new people from different countries, gain a lot of knowledge about local food production in other countries and to get an international perspective on my education.

How was the preparation before the course?

The preparation was very exciting and the people we interviewed were very enthusiastic, cooperative and wanted to share their passion with us. I made a phone interview with some people who had a farm shop at Bornholm (an island on the eastern side of Denmark red.). They breed sheeps and are specialized in nature preservation, to protect the special nature of the island.

How was the teaching material of the course?

The course was divided into 3 modules. The first module involved an intro to the course and definition of regional foods, based on group discussions. The second module involved business strategies, how to make a business strategy, based on the interviews, analysis and group work. The third module involved health and network, how our health is affected by the products we eat, it was based on discussions and introductory presentations from the teachers. The content was interesting, however I could have wished for more time.

How were the excursions?

The excursions were very exciting and they contributed to a better connection to the other participants. We got to know eachother better across the countries, and we had time to talk and share knowledge e.g. about the experiences with local food producers.

What did you gain from the experience of the pilot course?

I have met a lot of interesting people and gained knowledge regarding regional and local food culture from the other participating countries (Sweden, Lithuania and Germany). I also gained knowledge about the challenges regarding branding, food quality and food security of local foods. Furthermore, I have also got an international perspective on my education. All in all I have brought home a lot of good experiences, relevant to my education.

 

16 / 06 / 2014

Meeting in Munster

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On June 4th-6th the project partners held a meeting in Munster.

The purpose of  the meeting was to evaluate and discuss the  lessons learned from the Pilot Training  program in Sweden.

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Key points from the agenda were:

  • Objectives, expected results and evaluation of workshop program
  • Findings from student evaluation of the pilot training program
  • Evaluation of students’ assignments.
  • Setting objectives and designing process of adopting teaching modules for national educational programs in partners’ educational institutions
  • Presentation of national educational programs

The whole program can be found here: Regfood program of Lessons Learned workshop June 2014

19 / 05 / 2014

Second periodic report approved

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The second periodic report by the project partners to the JTS has been approved.

 

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19 / 05 / 2014

Request for extension of the project submitted

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A request for a 3 month extension of the REGFOOD project has been submitted to the JTS. When approved, the project will continue until 31 March 2014.

As soon as we know more it will be posted here!

19 / 05 / 2014

New REGFOOD learning management system

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As part of the REGFOOD project a new learning management system has been launched.

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Through this system students  will have assess to the digital leaning resources to be used in in the REGFOOD project.

The system is built on the platform Moodle and offers students as well as teachers a whole range of digital possibilities.

Students and teaches can upload papers and documents, they can cooperate online and grant others access to their materials. Both teachers and students can embed video on the site and share links as well as other digital products.

As of this date the leaning management system has  been set up and is ready to be used in the pilot training program in Sweden in may.

Current the system contains materials for the following 3 modules:

1) Basic Aspects of Food Management

2) Networking and management in the food sector

3) Interdisciplinary perspectives of regional food.

 Below is a  screenshots from  the available modules in the system:

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19 / 05 / 2014

Pilot course in Sweden

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From May 22 till  May 25,  17 students from 4 partner countries, Germany, Denmark, Lithuania and Sweden participated in a pilot course  in  Kristianstad, Sweden. The students are all  students from the educational  institutions of the project partners.

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The pilot course aims at testing in an interactive format a newly developed educational program focused on the concept of local and regional food in the South Baltic region. It will focus on the main characteristics of local and regional food production,  the recent developments and the  key economic and social factors that affect production of local and regional food.

Once the pilot course is finalized, the course will be evaluated and necessary revisions of the training modules will be made.

According to the plan the project partners will adopt the teaching module on local and regional food in their educational institutions.

We hope that the participants at the  pilot course will have a great experience!

The schedule for the 4 course can be found below.

Program Pilot Course May 2014

 

19 / 05 / 2014

REGFOOD Steering group meeting

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On May 22 2014, the REGFOOD steering grop will hold its 3rd meeting.

The meeting will take place at Kristianstad University in Kristianstad, Sweden.

Here is the agenda for the meeting:

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Agenda:                        

 1. Update from financial manager and project manager on past and prospective

activities, budget and spending.

2. Status with the extension of the project

3. Status of research publications

4. Status of e-learning platform

5. Other business: planning of the Steering Group meeting 4