Urban Garden Seminar

Course Description
This seminar will give students an opportunity to explore our food system and its implications on society using an interdisciplinary and experiential framework. During these sessions, we will critically enquire the historical influences, power structures, scientific advancements and its effects on our local food system using both theory and practice. Together we will explore ideas and methods that promote food justice, sustainable horticulture practices, and community engagement. Class activities will include guest speakers, dialogue, fieldwork, and service learning in our local community.

198i-Internship, PBPL 190 2-unit credit:

  • Experiential Learning: Developing Community and Local Food System Mapping Community Network
  • Internship credit: Collaboration with Child Leader Project (CLP) and the Arlanza Community Garden and Committee.
  • Leadership Training: Mentorship and Networking to develop own seminar in future.

Meeting Time:
Tuesdays: 9:40-11am HUB
Thursday: 9:40-11 am Garden

Farah Godrej (PBPL 2 unit), Scott Fedick (198-I)

Dialogue and Reflections:
Active participation and regular attendance is important for the project’s success both discussion and community garden project. Every Tuesday, rotating facilitators will help guide discussion based on the topic and readings for that week. Readings should be done before class in order to have engaging dialogue sessions as we explore our food system.

At the end of each week, we will post our reflections online to further our collective thought on the topic.These reflections may be from a specific reading, discussion, realization, or suggestion on our blog are we touched by these forces in our every day lives, and what experiences, ideas, and questions do we want to bring into discussion?

Experiential Learning:
Using this hands-on approach we will learn how to create a more sustainable food system that promotes healthy bodies, relationships, and community building. Every Thursday, we will meet at R-Garden to build our space, learn, and practice horticulture using various techniques. Please meet us at location and don’t forget to bring closed-toe shoes, hat, reusable water bottle, and sunscreen while we work in the sun!

Community Engagement:
As we explore our food system and its implications, we will take two field trips to learn about alternative solutions to some of the issues discussed. This will happen week 4 and week 9. In the end of the quarter, we will collaborate with Child Leader Project and the city of Riverside by organizing event in our community.

All articles and films for the class will be posted on iLearn for us to read before class in order to have a functioning and interactive discussion.


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