The Gillings Sustainable Agriculture Project: A Gillings Innovative Laboratory


NUTR 245 Students Reflect On Their Semester Service-Learning Placements
May 24, 2012, 7:49 pm
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From volunteering at Farmer Foodshare to Carrboro Farmers’ Market, Nutrition 245 students participated in eye-opening, service-learning ventures this Spring semester.

NUTR 245 Sustainable, Local Food Systems, an APPLES service-learning course, examines the health, economic and environmental impacts of our current food system. Throughout the semester, the class learned about current efforts to build a more local, equitable and sustainable food system.

While assisting their community placements to increase access to healthy food among lower income populations, students gained insight into shopping habits and food in general. In addition, students helped to increase economic opportunities for small and mid-sized farmers and food entrepreneurs.

The service-learning has proven to inspire many of the students to become involved with efforts to promote local, sustainable food systems and increase food access.

“I hope to get involved with some kind of internship or program where I can improve food options for people, particularly people with the most need who may not have access to the knowledge, funds and social networks like me that have helped teach me so much,” stated a NUTR 245 student.

“After spending time at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, I am much more likely to advocate for the market and to shop at farmer’s markets myself,” stated another student. “They are certainly valuable resources for communities, as they can promote the local economy and provide local consumers with access to the freshest produce.”

At the end of the course, the students completed fact sheets and annotated bibliographies on topics ranging from Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to school cafeteria lunches. Read more about the fact sheets, along with annotated bibliographies, here

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