Urban Agriculture and Food Justice
I co-coordinate the Certificate of Achievement in Urban Agroecology at Merritt College in Oakland. Previously at UC Berkeley, I facilitated engaged, experiential, and project-based learning for 6 semesters and 3 summer terms through Urban Agriculture and Food Justice (ESPM 117). I also taught the Food Systems minor capstone course, Experiential Learning Through Engagement in Food Systems between 2016 and 2018. I describe my teaching as transdisciplinary, comparative, experiential, and integrative. Topics span the natural and social sciences. Students learn about case studies and theoretical constructs through the assigned reading while at the same time collaborating with food systems projects. I draw on multiple learning modalities, and emphasize teamwork skills that are essential to change making.
Experiential Learning through Engagement in Food Systems
From 2016-2019, I taught the Food Systems minor capstone course, Experiential Learning Through Engagement in Food Systems. The course offers undergraduates the opportunity to design projects related to food systems with community partners. By participating in reflection, action, and engaged scholarship, students in the capstone course gain insight into the problems with our current food system, the challenges faced by those who attempt to change it, and the opportunities to overcome these challenges. Students publish their project reflections as blog posts.
Marisa Ahmed, a student in the Food Systems minor capstone course in the Spring 2018 semester, documented the garden-based projects of fellow students in four short videos: