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May 7th, 2014 | By

Welcome to FoodWorks! An innovative summer leadership program combining academic and experiential learning in food systems. To apply for the 2015 program visit: http://www.middlebury.edu/foodworks/.

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!

Brent Peters, Joe Franzen & Emily Hoyler: “Bridging the Divide”

Jul 23rd, 2013 | By

Peters, Franzen and Hoyler, all teachers, talked about their motivations for getting students engaged with food in the classroom, and their methods for doing so. Here are two questions that should allow you to apply what you’ve learned through foodworks to your own passions and future plans: 1) Do you see yourself teaching in the future? 2) If so, in what context? Imagine how you could incorporate nutrition and culinary education into your curriculum. Connect this to your summer internship if you can. If not, just  […]

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: http://garynabhan.com/i/archives/143 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  […]

Justin Mog’s Sustainability Challenge

Jun 14th, 2013 | By

Here is this week’s blog prompt: Though the concept of sustainability can seem vague and confusing, it is not something we should avoid. In fact, taking the concept’s dynamism, contested nature, and context-specificity seriously is exactly what is demanded of us if we want to achieve a future not built on our past mistakes. We simply have no choice but to wrestle with sustainability…as individuals, institutions, and societies. It is our duty to seek that illusive balance and to continually learn from our mistakes as  […]

Prompt for Reflection from John Elder

Jun 1st, 2013 | By

In my talk last weekend I read the following sentence from Rebuilding the Foodshed:  “Where matters immensely in the food system world, but so do how, why, by whom, and for whom” (p. 22).  In thinking more about that idea, however, I also find myself revisiting a couple of  sentences from further on in the paragraph.  Philip elaborates on his concerns in asking, “Who is doing the real work in getting the food from farm gate to dinner plate?  And is it ultimately food for  […]