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Sophie Esser Calvi

Jun 13th, 2014 | By

FoodWorks Director   Sophie is thrilled to be back at Middlebury College, returning nine years after an internship at the College Organic Farm. She has spent most of her life in the wider world of food and wine, where she has worked for wineries and various garden, farm and food organizations. Sophie has a masters in Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences.  She works closely with students, faculty, staff, as well as the broader food community, on numerous food initiatives. The strengthening of communities is  […]

Middlebury FoodWorks Positions Available for Summer 2014!

Jan 15th, 2014 | By

Middlebury FoodWorks Positions Available for Summer 2014 Apply Now through MOJO Live and learn together about food and food systems while doing cool and meaningful work in your area of interest! Paid positions with 21 businesses and organizations in Louisville, KY and Vermont.  Work in a facet of the food system: microenterprise and economic development; education;health and nutrition; food production, processing, distribution, and marketing; food access and security; food equity and social justice; sustainable agriculture; research and policy; and more. Middlebury FoodWorks is a cohort  […]

FoodWorks Final Projects and Reflections

Aug 1st, 2013 | By

This week, students are posting representations of their local food challenge projects.  Back in July, they were tasked with deepening their understanding of a local food issue of their choosing.  Each student is presenting their findings in a five minute talk to their peers, that will or has been recorded and posted on the blog as their final installment. Well done, FoodWorks students!

FoodWorks Featured in Insider Louisville

Jul 10th, 2013 | By

July 10, 2013 Middlebury College’s Louisville internship program: FoodWorks supports local food and sustainable development The first of two articles on who each of our Louisville FoodWorks interns are, and what they are doing!

Louisville FoodWorks in the Courier Journal

Jul 10th, 2013 | By

College students from Vermont get hands-on experience during Louisville internships for FoodWorks  

Philip Ackerman-Leist Re: Building Community-Based Food Systems

Jul 10th, 2013 | By

Is it possible to redesign our food systems in the U.S./Mexico borderlands so that they enhance the “caring capacity” of our lands and its communities? Can we increase that capacity so that we will be less apt to impoverish both the health of the land and the health of its multi-cultural communities than they currently do?”  From: Philip Ackerman-Leist poses this week’s prompt based on his FoodWorks Talk and in response to the above quote he featured in his talk:  As we look to  […]

Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross on Food Access

Jul 3rd, 2013 | By

For this week’s blog prompt, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross poses two critical questions about building an inclusive and resilient food system: How can we evolve our local food system to expand the socio-economic range of our population that can effectively participate? How do we overcome the assume contraction between supporting local food systems and our food access concerns?    

Co-Producing our Food Economy: This Week’s Prompt

Jun 24th, 2013 | By

The “wedge.” The “level.” The “fulcrum.” Ivor said that being a consumer was a passive fallacy. In reality, he said, we are co-producers in the items we buy, use, eat, wear, wear-out, throw-away or recycle. For the “wedge” to engage the market, it needs more than just the idea or the champion; it needs co-producers supporting the endeavor with money, confidence, and encouragement. I saw this repeatedly as we visited the Root Cellar and Grasshoppers down here in Louisville, and I am sure the Middlebury  […]

John Elder Video: June 2

Jun 19th, 2013 | By


FoodWorks Talks

Jun 7th, 2013 | By

FoodWorks Talks are video conferences we have scheduled throughout the summer. Led by experts in the field, each Talk  provides a high-content overview of the 5th Day theme for the week, connecting the FoodWorks Fellows to the same presenters and material, and to each other, before they embark on their 5th day experience in their respective locations. Video recordings of each FoodWorks Talk will be posted on the FoodWorks Talks page as they become available.