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Notes from a new farmer: Q&A with Michael Gallagher, Square Roots Farm

In every school, there is a legendary former student — the one whose academic prowess knew no bounds. “Brilliant,” people marvel about this student, even decades later. “That kid was brilliant.” (Or, here in New England, you might hear: “Wicked smaaaaaht.”) At my...

Students slice and dice for a better future in ‘Pressure Cooker’ documentary

With a supervisor who doesn’t mince words and likes to yell, men and women battling over hot stoves for their big chance, and a ticking clock and other on-camera conventions, Pressure Cooker could be mistaken for a prime-time reality show. But it’s actually a “real” story about...

Looking your bacon in the eye: Notes from a slaughter class

By Jake Lahne I want to describe our unfamiliarity with animal slaughter as “startling,” “surprising,” or “shocking.” After all, in the United States we consume a staggering amount of meat: more than 220 pounds per person per year on average. Yet while it’s...

Students mix cooking, discussion in food politics class

Food Politics 101:  Food and Politics, a two-week short course at Stanford University taught by Rob Reich of the Political Science department, gave a dozen incoming sophomores the chance to explore food from all angles. For each session, a group of students would take responsibility for planning and...

Life Lab creates farm-to-school learning programs

Today is “Farm to Institution” day for the USDA’s new “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative. Obama Foodorama has the schedule for the kick-off week, which includes White House assistant chef Sam Kass cooking at the USDA and the opening of a farmers market near the White...

Teachers learn how food can fit into their lesson plans

Lunch inspires learning. At a continuing education program at UCLA, teachers from a variety of subjects and grade-levels learned that even if their school doesn’t have a vegetable garden on site, food can play an important role in education. Food, says the organizer of the program, provides a personal...

Dispatch from Germany: An agroecology student dives deep into organic

By Renee Ciulla Although many days I would prefer to just pick up a shovel and start farming, I am forging ahead with a Master of Science degree in Agroecology. I am currently studying for a year in Germany, and the more I learn about organic farming and local-food initiatives, the more I see how they can...