Food, Farm, and Field at Chatham's Eden Hall Summer Sustainability Course

Students can earn three academic credits by completing the course.


Chatham University is still accepting registrations for its summer sustainability course to be held at their Eden Hall Campus from July 8 through July 21.

During the two-week summer program called "Food, Farm, and Field," students will gain a deeper understanding of issues relating to sustainability and the environment while living at the University’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township.

In this dynamic course, students will live on campus for two weeks, exploring the critical relationship among food, farm, and environment. The program will blend classroom learning, group discussions, field trips throughout the community, and hands-on lab and field activities on the farm and in the kitchen. Each day will also include time for fun and relaxation with swimming, hiking, yoga, and reflection through writing, video, and photography.

“Because we take an interdisciplinary approach in this program, we can provide a whole range of perspectives on the way our food moves through our environment and our communities,” says Alice Julier, director of the Master of Arts in Food Studies program at Chatham.

“The program at Chatham involves hands-on experiential training at our Eden Hall site, but also engagement with practitioners throughout Pittsburgh. This connection between the agricultural and environmental landscape and the communities where food is prepared and consumed is our innovative approach to this course,” she added.

Instructors will include Chatham University’s renowned faculty in sustainability, food studies, film and digital media, agroecology, and creative writing. Local farmers, chefs, and food suppliers will also provide their perspectives as guest lecturers.

Current undergraduate or graduate students in any field of study who are enrolled in accredited institutions or those who have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution are encouraged to apply, as well as are those interested in agritourism or working in the food service industry.

Students will receive three academic credits at the upper division undergraduate or graduate level. The cost is $2,400 and includes all course materials, academic credits, lodging, meals, and activities.

To register, visit http://apply.chatham.edu/ccps to create an account. Once created, select the “Food, Farm, and Field” option and provide the necessary information.

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