From field to space

– the journey of food to your plate

From field to space

Want to have a look underground? Do you know what satellites are used for in agriculture? Can you guess how many cows there are in Finland or what milk consists of?

Come and learn more about modern agriculture and how food ends up on our plates.

From field to space – the journey of food to your plate

The From field to space exhibition tells the story of how cereal and milk products end up on our plates, starting from the grassroots level and ending up in space. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey underground to smell, listen and observe the soil. What does cereal have to do with hygiene? Learn more about cows, scratching, milk and cow dung. Finally, the exhibition takes visitors all the way to space with nanosatellites, where visitors learn how satellites enable more efficient and sustainable agriculture. The aim of the exhibit is to familiarise visitors with the diversity of modern cereal and milk production by using their senses and brain.

Facts about soil

  • Soil is the loose surface material that rests on top of bedrock.
  • Healthy soil is a home to a diverse group of microbes, fungi and other organisms. These have an important role in ensuring flora can grow in it and in storing carbon.
  • Just a handful of soil contains more microbes than there are people on the Earth.
  • A healthy field is just like a sponge – it can retain water and give it up for plants during dry seasons.
  • Finland’s soil, climate and water bodies are clean, which is a prerequisite for producing safe high-quality raw materials for different uses.
  • In Finland, four types of cereal are produced on a larger scale: wheat, barley, oat and rye.

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In co-operation

  • Vaasan
  • Valio
  • Ruukku
  • Lantmännen-Agro
  • Luke
  • KtaoL
  • Pro Agria
  • Elo-säätiö
  • Lantmännen-Unibake

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Do you have what it takes?

We dare you to smell cow dung!

The cow dung (not genuine) is inside a display case and those who have what it takes can stick their noses inside the case. The saying goes that for each litre of milk, a cow produces 2.5 kilos of dung.

Above and under ground

Want to go on a trip underground?

The tunnel has a root-cellar-like smell and an underground soundscape.

Name a calf

Siren, Secrecy or Society?

Calves born in 2019 were given a name starting with the letter R. Calves born in 2020 are given a name starting with the letter S.

You can suggest a name and follow calves in social media with the hashtag #nimeälehmä.

Scratching machine

See a life-sized cow and an automatic scratching device. It is often said that scratching cows makes them happier.

A cattle scratcher is a device with a rotating brush under which cows can stand and scratch the parts they want scratched. The brush also cleans the cows’ hair, increases their blood circulation and reduces udder infections.

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