Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture

Winter 2019
Olympia
Day
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 25
16 Credits per quarter
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Interested in learning more about agriculture and/or food? Got an individual agriculture/food related project that you’d like to complete? This Student-Originated Studies (SOS) will support students pursuing individual work in agricultural and food related topics. Topics may include on-farm internships and/or research projects. Up to twelve credits of this SOS will focus on individualized learning goals. The remaining four or more credits will be earned through common work and a required weekly group meeting to help form a peer support group for your ILC. This program is ideal for self-motivated students with an interest in agriculture and/or food systems.

Students will hold in-program internships or research projects that will be 25-30 hours per week in scope. All students will come together as a class once a week to discuss each student’s progress on fulfilling their designated contract learning objectives. The common work will potentially include a group meeting one day a week, maintenance of a detailed field journal to capture research, field and on-farm learning, weekly readings and seminar, group discussion papers, mid-quarter presentation, and a final paper and presentation. In the required weekly group meetings, students will explore timely issues relevant to small scale, local, and direct market farming, and food related topics. Topics may include, but are not limited to, appropriate scale technology, nutrient cycling, soil quality analysis and management, water use and law, food production regulations, finances, farm and crop planning and farm business planning, sustainable production practices, plant propagation techniques, and other timely and relevant issues in the agricultural and food disciplines. Students’ individual projects/internships will provide the foundation for exploring relevant food and farming topics and give a richer and broader basis for discussion.

Registration

Enrollment Conditions

Signature required. Students should design an in-program ILC ( http://evergreen.edu/individualstudy/ ). Proposals shared with faculty before or at the Academic Fair (November 28, 2018) prior to the start of the program will receive priority. Contact the faculty (muehleid@evergreen.edu) for models of successful student projects, current opportunities, resource availability, and project guidelines.

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.

Winter 2019 Registration

Signature Required

Signature required. Students should design an in-program ILC ( http://evergreen.edu/individualstudy/ ). Proposals shared with faculty before or at the Academic Fair (November 28, 2018) prior to the start of the program will receive priority. Contact the faculty (muehleid@evergreen.edu and williasa@evergreen.edu) for models of successful student projects, current opportunities, resource availability, and project guidelines.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20048

Academic details

Preparatory For

agriculture and farming; sustainability and edible education; food systems

Credits
16
Maximum Enrollment
25
Class Standing
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Internship Opportunities

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

Schedule

Time Offered
Day
Schedule Evergreen link
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First Meeting

Organic Farm - Workshop
Location
Olympia