Friday, March 25, 2016

School of the New American Farmstead

Our Affiliated Professor, Nicole Civita serves as the assistant director of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at Sterling College in Vermont.  This summer, Nicole has helped to develop the School of the New American Farmstead, "designed to help students not only deepen their focus on artisan food and organic agriculture, but also turn [their farms] into viable businesses." 

This week, the popular blog, did a very complementary post on the new summer program.
Since it was founded in 1958, Sterling College has been a hub for sustainability education. It has long offered bachelor degree programs in farming and food systems. But the goal is to appeal to students who aren’t looking for a four-year degree. Students can instead take just one class or several, ranging from a summer-long practicum in sustainable agriculture to two-day single subject workshops. Students who finish six or more food-focused courses take home a Value-Added Sustainable Food Certificate. . .
Classes are taught by working farmers and food crafters, including Pete Colman, the founder of Vermont Salumi; master cheesemaker, Ivan Larcher; and sauerkraut guru, Sandor Katz. Former Gourmet editor, Ruth Reichl, and Atlantic food journalist, Corby Kummer are teaching “Food Writing from the Farm” this summer. Harvest preservation, foraging, draft horse farming, and wildcrafting are also on the class list.
Nicole will be joining us this month to speak at the Campus Kitchen's Food Waste and Hunger Summit, April 16-17 at the University of Arkansas.

She also be teaching Food Justice: Law & Policy in the LL.M Program this summer via distance.

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