Conference Overview

Seeding the Future: A Conference on the Role of College Farms and Gardens in Liberal Arts Higher Education

Seeding the Future
Cultivating the College Farm
From the Field to the Classroom
Friday October 14 – Saturday October 15, 2011
Dickinson College, Carlisle PA

Join us for a premiere conference on beginning, improving, and utilizing farms and gardens in undergraduate liberal arts education. From creating compost to developing new courses, learn how to cultivate opportunities for local, sustainable food integration across your curriculum, campus and community. Includes skills workshops and tours at the Dickinson College Farm, presentations, discussions and exhibits that feature faculty, students, farmers and staff from many different colleges that are using farms and gardens in their education programs.

The conference is organized around four tracks, each of which will have multiple sessions, including hands-on workshops, presentations, panels, and opportunities for student posters.

The four tracks are:

1: Nuts and Bolts: Logistics of College Farm and Garden Operations (Practical Skills)
2: Teaching and Learning on the Farm and in the Garden (Education)
3: Sustainable Growth: Starting and Sustaining Programs on Campus (Growth/Start-up)
4: Breaking Bread, Building Markets: Connecting Community Partnerships (Community)

Learn more about Seeding the Future Conference tracks

Tracks are meant to provide a guideline to the conference schedule for those who wish to focus their experience on a particular skill-set or area of knowledge.  Brush up on your how-tos (Nuts and Bolts), incorporate faculty participation into your program (Teaching and Learning), get started with a new program or maintain or make new partnerships on campus (Sustainable Growth), and connect your program to new opportunities in the community (Breaking Bread, Building Markets).  Conference participants may attend sessions from a single track, or select sessions from multiple tracks to create a program which best suits their needs.

Check out our Keynote Speaker- Tony Geraci

Cafeterian Man from Kristian Bjørnard on Vimeo.

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