I had some thoughts after class today on the subject of student involvement in the community. It has to do with that divide between doing something for the academic exercise of it versus for the intent of actually getting something done. As someone who has worked in community organizations at times, such as The Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT) here in Eugene, I have been on the other end of receiving student interest. I may be a worry wort or a pessimist or something, but I think there is often a great risk of students taking more than they give when trying to work with community, mostly because of the short time frame. A part of me cringes at the idea of busy farmers being bombarded for information by students with the only results of their time being a class room poster. I know that somewhere in there many of the people who take the time to share do so because they are interested in the educational aspect of what they do and thus are probably fine with this relationship. Nevertheless, for experimental, community classes such as this I feel sensitive about the need to find some kind of balance between what is given and what is taken between students and active community members. I think ideally our classes would be longer, or we would take the same class for two or more quarters so that actual follow through could be accomplished. I am sure it would be a more satisfying and a greater learning experience for the students as well. Who had the brilliant idea of stuffing a class into the quarter system anyways? I am glad this class exists in whatever form it does, but maybe these thoughts can inform future classes.
Here is the Bill Heffernan study that Lyson often sites in his chapter regarding the global supply chain. Nice resource. Heffernan Study of Food Consolidation
Great discussion on how important agricultural reform is to the climate movement, as well as why the huge role it plays isn’t discussed more often.
People may have already come across the City of Eugene’s Urban Ag in their research, but I found it and it had so many helpful documents that I had to share. Over in the box on the left side of the page are links to all sorts of documents that could be helpful for people’s projects. Included is the Lane County Food Market Analysis that Harper posted a link to earlier, as well as an analysis of Eugene’s food security situation, and a few others that could be really helpful.
What is a foodshed?
“The term “foodshed” is similar to the concept of a watershed: while watersheds outline the flow of water supplying a particular area, foodsheds outline the flow of food feeding a particular area. Your foodshed encompasses the farm, your table and everything in between.
The modern US foodshed includes the entire world. Much of our food traverses the globe to reach our dinner table. In fact, food can often travel back and forth thousands of miles to different processing plants before it eventually reaches you.
Foodsheds are particularly useful in describing and promoting local food systems. When we look at our agricultural system in terms of the origins and pathways of our food items, then it becomes easier to expand these pathways and focus them at the local level.”
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