Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture

Winter 2018
OlympiaStudy Abroad
Olympia +
study abroad option
Day
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
25% Reserved for Freshmen
16
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

David Muehleisen
sustainable agriculture, entomology
feminist theory, consciousness studies

Do you have a project that engages interdisciplinary and applied education for just and sustainable food systems or agricultural practices? This Student-Originated Studies (SOS) will support students to pursue individual or small group projects through on-farm internships, food related apprenticeships, field studies, research, or community-based service learning projects. Whether on campus, downtown, across the country, or around the world, students should expect to link theory with practice, activism with reflection, and critical thinking with hands-on experience.

Students will document their projects, using WordPress to create pages that correspond with learning objectives, activities, and outcomes, including a weekly post of activities with image and text; a log of weekly and cumulative hours; a map of location(s); a bibliography of resources; and multi-media options for videos, podcasts, audio files, slide shows, and photo galleries. All students will work with a field supervisor, subcontractor, or mentor with expertise regarding their particular project. For students on or near campus, 4-8 credits may be earned through common work designed to build an intentional learning community, which may include a weekly check-in, lecture or film, a reading-based seminar, and events in collaboration with the Practice of Organic Farming program. All students will be required to create mid-quarter and final self-evaluations as well as a final presentation. Appropriate alternatives for the final presentation requirement will be negotiated with students who are off-campus or overseas.

This SOS is ideal for self-motivated students with an interest in food and agriculture and a passion for transformative education, combining research with experiential learning or political action with community-based service learning. This program also is ideal for students who have completed a food or agriculture-related program and want more real world, hands-on experience or who want to pursue a food-related passion (e.g., nutrition, animal-crop interaction, permaculture, food sovereignty).  In addition to worldwide opportunities through organizations such as Willing Workers on Organic Farms and Slow Food International, national conferences such as EcoFarm, Permaculture Convergence, Heirloom Expo, and Biodynamic Conferences, many farms in the Olympia area and on-campus organizations provide opportunities for food, public health, and agriculture related internships, apprenticeships, field studies, research, or community-based service learning projects.

Study abroad:

This study abroad option is also available as an individual component by taking the variable credit option within Arts, Culture, and Spirit on the Silk Roads. Contact faculty member Hirsh Diamant (diamanth@evergreen.edu) with any questions or to discuss your specific itinerary. The approximate cost for the 3-week study abroad is $3500 with a mandatory $200.00 deposit due January 14. The group is limited to 15 students, so if interested, please make your deposits early. The estimated budget of $3500 will include airline fair and all transportation in China, lodging in International dormitories at University campuses (2 students per room) and most meals. All students must be willing and able to participate in 5 required pre-departure meetings during the winter quarter.  These meetings will be on Saturdays, January 13, 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, and March 3, from 4pm to 5:30pm. The meetings will include such topics as: tickets, passports and visa applications; Chinese language survival skills; student conduct and cultural etiquette; and study abroad orientation sessions with Michael Clifthorne (International Programs Assistant Director) and David McAvity (Academic Dean). 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Farm and garden management; working with nonprofit organizations focusing on food, land use, and agriculture; state and county extension offices; and state and federal regulatory agencies; K-12 and adult education; culinary professions

16

Credits per quarter

Prerequisites:

One year of Evergreen’s foundation food and agriculture programs ( Ecological Agriculture ; Food, Health, and Sustainability ; or Practice of Organic Farming ) or the equivalent.

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
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Internship Opportunities:

Students will be encouraged and supported to locate internships and apprenticeships with food and agriculture related organizations.

Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
25% Reserved for Freshmen

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

DateRevision
2017-10-02New winter quarter opportunity added.