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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 daughter's school, that individual is...

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 students in the Culinary Arts...

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 perfectly acceptable socially to be concerned with...

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 House. Bringing fresh, local...

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 way...

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...