Sustainable Food and Farming Program Updates

In an effort to limit the number of emails I send to our list of majors (which has grown to 70 students by the way), I’m going to try to post most updates to the Facebook group (join us here: SFF Facebook Group) and this Program Blog.

Here’s whats up!

    1.   If you want to take ANIMLSCI 103 – SFF majors are welcome.  Just contact Mary Schneider, mschneider@vasci.umass.edu with your name, spire ID, 5-digit lecture number and 5-digit lab number. Mary will be able to manually put you into the class, which is listed on SPIRE as Animal Science majors only.
    2. The Amherst Winter Market is looking for volunteers.  If you organize this now, we can get you academic credit.  Its a great experience. They need volunteers to 1) help vendors unload and set-up, 2) greet customers and share information, 3) run activities for kids, 4) work at the EBT table and 5) help vendors pack up.
      If you are interested contact Tamsim at:  manager@amherstwintermarket.com.Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market
      Saturdays 10-2
      December 1st through March 30th (except 1/19)
      At the Amherst Middle School: 170 Chestnut Street (second right off E. Pleasant Street after Kendrick Park heading north)
      Featuring: 
Fresh vegetables and fish, 
local meat, bread, cheese
, apples, preserves and ferments
, soap and herbal products, plants and crafts
      Live music, kids’ activities, hot coffee
, and prepared food to eat there or take away!  See: http://www.amherstwintermarket.com
    3. New Courses: As you know, we are expanding the course offerings in STOCKSCH to try to better serve the needs of both 2- and 4-year students. Here are some new courses:
      STOCKSCH 190A – Introduction to Sustainable Food and Farming (1 credit seminar) – This course is a seminar designed to introduce students to the B.S. degree program in Sustainable Food and Farming.  Discussion topics will focus on finding an internship, identifying work opportunities, career development, and you will be introduced to some of the classic “voices” in SFF.  The seminar is recommended for new SFF majors but is open to all majors or anyone who might be interested in a farming career. Taught by John Gerber.STOCKSCH 290W – Organic Weed Control (3 credits) – Sustainable food and farming students will learn about organic weed control by exploring various systems and approaches to weed management to reduce losses to crop yield and quality. Taught by Prasanta Bhowmik. STOCKSCH 387P – Food Justice and Policy (3 credits) – Examines the role of policy and politics in determining what we eat, who experiences barriers to access safe, healthy foods, and how we create equity and sustainability in our food system. Taught by Catherine Sands.  
    4. In addition, we are offering several online courses over the winter term that may be of interest.  They are:

      Backyard Homesteading

      Botany for Gardeners

      Community Food Systems

      Land Use Policies & Sustainable Farming – canceled until summer

      Urban Agriculture: innovative farming systems -canceled

      If you have any questions about any of these courses, please let me know. 

    5. If you are interested in doing an internship next summer, it is not too early to start looking.  Check out this link to my “jobs/internship” page to get started.
    6. If you are looking for a policy class this spring related to environmental or land issues, see: EnvPolicyClasses.
    7. There are two spots open in the UMass Student Farming Enterprise class. Apply NOW if you are interested! http://extension.umass.edu/vegetable/research-projects/practicum-course

 

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