Fall 2012 Course: The Pleasure, Politics and Production of Food
The “Pleasures, Politics and Production of Food” aims to provide students with a full-spectrum experience in what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century. Students will explore theories and practices of sustainable food production plus learn about issues facing farmers and consumers, from field to farmers’ market. Woven into the course will be hands-on learning opportunities in food preparation and preservation, providing a well-rounded immersion into food, from “seed to plate”. Students can expect to spend time learning on campus, in the fields at the College Farm and other local venues.
The College Farm supports students from all disciplines in their pursuit to incorporate its resources into their academic interests. From art majors to biology majors, the farm has worked with students and faculty to develop relevant research topics that address sustainability, from food production to public art.
Faculty use the farm as a venue for research, labs, class visits and as a resource for course development. Students make use of the farm for internships and independent research projects.
Students and faculty have utilized the land and resources of the farm for course projects such as art installations, documenting the interactions between farm wildlife and farm ecology, the effects of vermicompost extracts on plant health plus stream health data collection, integrated pest management strategies and developing educational curricula for K-12 visitors.
Farm-based internships are a great way to gain first-hand experience in an area of interest! The College Farm regularly supports students interested in discovering a unique aspect of the farm and food systems; from diversifying the livestock operation to developing an educational curriculum that is farm-based.
The farm staff is dedicated to empowering students through meaningful work that can both enhance the farm program and provide students with skills that can be applied in the classroom or later in life. Students interested in pursuing academically-focused projects at the farm are encouraged to contact the College Farm, in addition to recruiting the appropriate faculty to support their project.
Faculty and Courses
List of Fall 2012 Sustainability Courses – Dickinson College Center for Sustainability Education
The farm continues to collaborate with and support faculty from all departments in their courses, labs and research. While course offerings may change from semester to semester, a growing number of Dickinson College faculty have developed ways to integrate issues relating to food sustainability and the farm into their courses:
Professor Tom Arnold, Biology
Professor Scott Boback, Biology
Professor Tony Pires, Biology
Professor Gene Wingert, Biology
Professor John Henson, Biology
Professor Karen Weinstein, Anthropology
Professor Nicky Tynan, Economics
Professor Siobhan Phillips, English
Professor Emily Pawley, History
Professor Helen Takacs, International Business & Management
Professor Michael Fratantouno, International Business & Management
Professor Todd Arsenault, Art
Professor Anthony Cervino, Sculpture
Professor Anthony Wolking, Ceramics
Professor Mike Beevers, Environmental Science
Professor Greg Howard, Environmental Studies
Professor Jeff Niemitz, Geology
Professor Ben Edwards, Geology
Professor Tim Wahls, Computer Science