Always at the forefront of new ideas for summer studies, Middlebury’s at it again with FoodWorks, a nine-week internship program for Middlebury students interested in local food and sustainable development.
With locations in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as here at home in Addison County, the program offers students a chance to work four days a week in different local food-related jobs and then take the fifth day to gather as a group and focus on a particular topic of the curriculum, such as sustainable agriculture and ecology, food systems, community and economic development, nutrition and health, food security and justice, and cultural food traditions.
FoodWorks was piloted in Louisville last summer and expanded this year to include Vermont partners. The 26 students—16 in Vermont and 10 in Kentucky—are working in local government, business and retail, publishing and marketing, nonprofits, and on area farms.
To learn more about what the students are doing on a daily basis and how they’re contributing to their communities, check out the FoodWorks website and blog.