Greece’s second city will aim to start the food system transformation through the education system with a vegetable garden.

Once a great city of the Eastern Roman Empire, Thessaloniki is now a gateway to mainland Greece, the country’s second-largest city and a culinary capital.

Aside from hosting an annual Food Festival, Thessaloniki is a signatory of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and has engaged in EU-funded projects such as Social Plate, which aimed to distribute healthy fruit and vegetables that were left over at markets or were unable to be sold to vulnerable populations.

In Food Trails, Thessaloniki is establishing a food council and will start the food system transformation from schools. This pilot will build school vegetable gardens, and, through the Living Labs, the gardens will serve as a demonstration site and innovation hub for the education curriculum.