ESE 511: Community/School Sustain Food Systems

2011-08-24 -

Restriction changed.


78264 (for web registration)




Susan Gentile






Fall 2011

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 9/1 - 12/8 (8:00AM-10:59AM)


Competency Areas Fall 2010 and later: Methods or elective
Restricted to ES Environmental Education; others by written permission of instructor provided to the Registrar’s Office via Antioch email. Open to all student August 24.
A growing number of communities are participating in innovative educational efforts that engage a cross-section of the community in raising awareness and taking action to strengthen sustainable agriculture and local food systems. Decreased time spent in the out-of-doors and rising rates of obesity among youth and adults has led to outcries for social change. As examples: Keene, NH has included healthy eating as one of its strategies to become the ?healthiest community in America? by 2020; the ?Farm to School? movement is reshaping school lunch programs across the U.S.; and various efforts are improving access to healthy food and reducing food insecurity across the globe. When people connect with the sources of their food, the effect on resiliency and health?personal, communal, environmental?can be significant. Course participants will explore food systems and related educational efforts in schools and broader community contexts. Topics include: planning, implementation, and evaluation of school/community gardens and related curricula; food justice; and methods for increasing access to, and consumption of, locally produced, nutritious food. In addition to class meetings on campus, some field sessions will be spent visiting school and/or community-based food initiative(s) and completing service learning projects.