They make it happen! Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Network protects Crete’s national heritage

All over Europe, citizens are working to make food and farming systems fairer, environmentally conscious, healthy and caring.

In Greece, Nikki Rose, a Greek-American journalist, seminar director, and pro chef, founded Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries (CCS) Educational Network, an award-winning ‘school without walls’. CSS protects Crete’s invaluable natural and cultural resources by stimulating exchange of ideas and creating local initiatives to support organic farming and other sustainable livelihoods.

Manolis at his Beehives, Eastern Crete, ©Nikki Rose

CCS is an all-local network of archaeologists, ecologists, organic farmers, heirloom seed savers, chefs and beekeepers that organizes interactive educational programs focusing on raising awareness on the country’s heritage (culture, nature, organic agriculture, traditional cuisine) and the need to protect it.

The sanctuary has received awards from National Geographic, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as well as the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and is now working on a documentary highlighting Heritage Protectors in Crete. Read more about this initiative on euorganic2030.bio. Do you think it is inspiring? Share it on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Find out what other European initiatives are transforming food and farming in Europe on social media using #EUorganic2030. 

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