Youth Exchange
PORTUGAL

Quinta da Cruz – Viseu
May 2th-6th, 2023

The week was full and enriching. In this youth exchange in Portugal we reinforced the importance of assessing the ecological footprint of the food we eat and analyzed ways of combating food waste.

On the first day of the programme we reflected on the nutritional composition of our diets. We invited the young people from the different partner countries to prepare a fictitious dish representing a characteristic meal of their regions, using the natural elements that surrounded us.

On the second day we discussed the environmental impact of the food we choose, and evaluated the footprint of various types of food and assessed the big footprint differences between animal and plant-based foods. At Quinta da Cruz community gardens, we visited the Garden Lab at Quinta da Cruz, explained the cultivation methods used and some aspects on how to maintain a healthy vegetable garden. 

On the third day, we had the opportunity to visit  Viseu’s College of Agronomy, where, besides getting to know the study areas in terms of viticulture, horticulture, thistle honey production and animal breeding, it was possible to explore a low environmental impact and zero waste cooking workshop, adapted to the traditional diets of each of the countries represented.

In the last few days we focused on food waste and witnessed what is being done in Viseu to raise awareness by the Refood movement. We observed the work of the volunteers and realised the great importance of this international movement in terms of sustainable development.

Intercultural moments of sharing traditions between the youngsters, a peddy-paper through the city of Viseu and a visit to the mill of Aunt Micas in Vildemoinhos were also part of this programme.

Youth Exchange PORTUGAL
Youth Exchange PORTUGAL
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Youth Exchange PORTUGAL
Youth Exchange PORTUGAL
Youth Exchange PORTUGAL
Youth Exchange PORTUGAL
Youth Exchange PORTUGAL
Youth Exchange PORTUGAL
Youth Exchange PORTUGAL
Youth Exchange PORTUGAL