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Olive Oil 'Workshops' for Disadvantaged Children in Spain

Aug. 10, 2012
Naomi Tupper

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Visits to the Museum of Olive Culture in Jaén were part of a pro­gram for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren from Spain and Saharan chil­dren who were hosted by local fam­i­lies this sum­mer.

The chil­dren par­tic­i­pated in var­i­ous olive oil edu­ca­tion activ­i­ties, includ­ing one known as Know our olive grove,” which included a break­fast of typ­i­cal prod­ucts from the region, a guided museum tour and an ini­ti­a­tion to olive oil tast­ing.

The aim of the project was to pro­vide edu­ca­tion sur­round­ing the healthy food to those who may not oth­er­wise have the oppor­tu­nity to learn about its ben­e­fits, his­tory and the impor­tance of the prod­uct to the region.

The La Caixa foun­da­tion, run by the Spanish bank of the same name, acts to pro­mote change in a num­ber of sec­tors, includ­ing poverty and social exclu­sion, young peo­ple, health and cul­ture and envi­ron­ment. This project is among the many projects orga­nized by the foun­da­tion to ben­e­fit social wel­fare.

The Museum of Olive Culture, located in Hacienda La Laguna and built in the mid 19th cen­tury, not only plays host to these type of edu­ca­tional pro­grams, but also allows vis­i­tors to see and learn about the evo­lu­tion of olive press­ing over the years. The oppor­tu­nity to learn more about the types, qual­i­ties and uses of olives and olive oil is also offered to the pub­lic.

Olive oil tast­ing work­shops are also held reg­u­larly, for chil­dren such as in the La Caixa project, but also for any­one inter­ested in devel­op­ing a more in-depth knowl­edge of extra vir­gin olive oil. The museum will also com­mence work­shops for schools from September in its effort to pro­vide a wider edu­ca­tion sur­round­ing the olive oil her­itage of the region.

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