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SGSI 2016: Local Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems

This SGSI course is designed specifically for graduate students interested in sustainable agriculture and food systems who have not had the opportunity to explore these areas extensively through their coursework. The course takes advantage of cutting-edge work being done in the Bay Area through field trips to innovative farms engaged in transforming local food systems. We will examine the challenges and opportunities in food and farming systems in conversation with thought leaders in the field and through direct experience on local farms. You will be encouraged to connect with and learn from one another across disciplines through your shared interest in food and agriculture.

Monday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 16, 9 AM – 5 PM

(Exact end times vary on field trip days, but will never be later than 5 PM)

Instructor

Patrick Archie, director of Stanford Educational Farm Program, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Audience & Capacity

The course is intended for graduate students interested in sustainable agriculture and food systems who have not had the opportunity to explore these areas extensively through their coursework or life experience. Space is limited to 14 to facilitate discussion, high quality field trips, and cost-conscious transportation.

Objectives

By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Learn about cutting-edge farms and programs enhancing agricultural sustainability
  • Reflect on personal and intellectual connections to food system sustainability
  • Assess sustainability challenges in food and farming systems
  • Explore the interplay between science, policy, culture, economics, and technology in agricultural production systems
  • Examine civic engagement and roles that public citizens play in shaping food and farming systems

Summary

This SGSI course is designed specifically for graduate students interested in sustainable agriculture and food systems who have not had the opportunity to explore these areas extensively through their coursework. The course takes advantage of cutting-edge work being done in the Bay Area through field trips to innovative farms engaged in transforming local food systems. We will examine the challenges and opportunities in food and farming systems in conversation with thought leaders in the field and through direct experience on local farms.

The course will provide an overview of the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture and give you an opportunity for experiential learning in sustainable farming on field trips to local farms. By bringing together students with a variety of backgrounds, the course will facilitate student networking across disciplines through shared interests in food and agriculture.

SUNet ID required to log in. The priority application deadline is Sunday, May 8.

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Course or Workshop
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All Graduate Students
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