Students from the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems Program are presenting their Capstone Project/Thesis online starting April 17, 2018. All are welcome to join and learn about the great research that is taking place in the graduate program. Below is the webinar schedule and access details.
4/23/2018 at 1:00pm EDT
Food Systems Education: The Case For Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans in High Schools by Laura W. Carbonneau
Holistic food systems education is essential for inciting early passion and critical thinking on how to solve food systems problems. This capstone engages in the process of developing and integrating food systems lessons into core high school courses, without detracting from the core course curriculum. This project aims to equip high school students with the ability to engage in critical thinking about food systems, develop resilience through food literacy, and deepen their
understanding of the food systems with which they will soon become an active participant.
Food systems education is rarely addressed in current high school curricula. The development of the interdisciplinary lesson plans centers around issues of food justice and ethics, equity and access, and global food issues and security, and the pedagogies to creatively solve these problems. The participants in this study included both students and faculty at Southbridge High School*, a private boarding school. The lessons were developed within the context of an American History and American Literature course, but with the flexibility to be adopted and integrated as a part of the core curricula for these courses in other schools. The curricula was implemented in two eleventh grade classes in May of 2017. The student-assumed knowledge and interest increased after implementation and the teachers felt the lessons met the class goals and would implement them again. Ultimately, the development process revealed that integration of such content can be successfully implemented if time and resources allow for more thorough pre-implementation observation and co-teaching partnerships.
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4/26/2018 at 10:00am EDT
Empowering youth through food: a pilot project focused on connecting students with food production through a school farm program by Cynthia Alexander
Becoming food literate and feeling comfortable with eating healthy foods are big steps toward reaching the goal of food security. A school farm program at Faith Baptist Christian Academy (FBCA) is the first step in connecting students and community members in supporting health, nutrition, agriculture, and local economy. Use of traditional, pallet and Hügelkultur raised beds, and ground rows have created an outdoor education center that provides unlimited opportunity for agricultural and environmental education.
Hands-on experience of planting, nurturing, harvesting, and eating food grown on school campus is a useful interactive way to enhance classroom curriculum of core subjects such as math, science, history, and literacy. Opportunities for physical activity increase social and emotional growth and development and reduce risk of childhood obesity and illnesses associated with poor diet. A school farm program presents additional opportunity for parent/child involvement. Increased gardening activities add value to FBCA as a school, as well as present opportunity for community collaboration.
Faithful Farm has become an integral part of FBCA. School administration and faculty are supportive and enjoying the fun and educational benefits a school farm provides. Unusually heavy rainfall from summer storms, a surprise winter snowfall, and a few personal injuries presented some obstacles and setbacks. However, these minor disappointments have not been discouraging. Spring and summer planting will transform the garden into an outdoor laboratory demonstrating biological processes of ornamental and edible plants, chemical changes during composting by microorganisms, and the true taste of fruits and vegetables allowed to mature naturally.
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4/27/2018 at 12:30pm EDT
Curriculum Development for Seed2Seed: Intern-Based Sustainable Food Systems Education by Chantal P. Mullen
This Capstone Project presents an interdisciplinary sustainable food system course for college level students based around the Seed2Seed farm for internships, apprenticeships, and work-study students. Seed2Seed is a God-inspired and established community outreach garden program that is linking churches with the community through gardening. The motto for this program “We plant in SOIL,” stands for: Sowing Opportunity, Improving Lives. The mission is to look for opportunities to sow into the ground and in each other’s lives. Seed2Seed improves lives through personal experiences of participants in and around the garden as well as through the use of the harvest that God gives to us to bless those in need by donation of high quality food produced on the farm. The course focuses on incorporating multiple disciplines and teaching more than task-related skills. This project produces a course based around the functions of the Seed2Seed farm including an Instructor’s Guide. The creation of a course addresses the need for local experiential sustainable education.
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