In response to the confluence of ecological, economic, and social crises associated with colonial and neo-colonial food systems, agroecology and sustainable food system education initiatives have emerged in institutes of higher education and popular social movements across the globe. Sustainable Food Systems Education (SFSE) initiatives are characterized by their emphasis on developing participant capacities for systems thinking, multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration, community-based learning, and collective action projects.
Our winter quarter CASFS hosted webinar, with affiliate partners, seeks to serve as a platform to share recent pedagogical innovations for Sustainable Food Systems Education (SFSE), building on an associated Frontiers journal SFSE Research Topic call, with the outcome of more critical and equity-oriented SFSE initiative. Participants will benefit from examples of curricular and pedagogical innovation ranging a continuum of non-formal learning in grassroots movements to formalized curricular offerings in university contexts.
-Selena Ahmed, Associate Professor in Sustainable Food Systems at Montana State University.
-Nils McCune, Research Associate in the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative at the University of Vermont as well as a professor at the Latin American Institute of Agroecology (IALA) Ixim Ulew in Nicaragua.
-David Meek, Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies at the University of Oregon.
-Albie Miles, Assistant Professor in Sustainable Community Food Systems at the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu.
-tanamá varas (they/he/we/elle/él) is a returning jíbaro with a B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems from UC Davis and is a co-founder of Black Earth Farms and Agroecology Commons.
-Will Valley (he/him), Associate Professor and academic director of the core curriculum in the faculty of Land, Food, and Community (LFC) at the University of British Columbia.