FoodWorks: You Are What You Eat

Explore the sights and sounds of FoodWorks, our 9-week summer program for food studies and sustainable development, as experienced by two participants.

Experiencing Food Systems

Taught by Professor Molly Anderson 

Experiencing the Local Food System combines background readings and exercises about the environmental, social and economic problems that people face because of systemic food issues, combined with field trips each week to sites that are implementing solutions to some of these problems.  Students in Middlebury, Vermont will establish the same groundwork through readings; but students in each site will meet with the innovators in each regionnon-governmental organizations, policy-makers, municipal agency staff, and business entrepreneurs who are putting solutions in place. Students will share what they are learning through reflective blog-posts and form teams across sites with others who are working on similar issues in their internships, such as improving access to healthy food for low-income families, creating urban gardens and farms, food hubs, and local or regional policy.  By comparing what they see and experience across the very different sites, student will gain a deeper understanding of the barriers and opportunities in each problem area of the food system.  The course will run for 9 weeks and students will receive 1 credit from Middlebury College.   Each site will be supported by a Teaching Assistant who sets up field trips, accompanies students and helps with any issues encountered in internships.  The course professor will meet with students at each site through the summer, assign readings and hold video-conferenced discussion sessions with each site, and work with issue teams.(36 hours of faculty contact time) (1 Middlebury credit is equivalent to 3.3 semester-hour credits)