Fostering a Feminist Pedagogy of Sustainable Food Systems

Authors: Renata Blumberg*, Montclair State University, Lauren Dinour, Montclair State University, Claudia Urdanivia, Montclair State University
Topics: Agricultural Geography
Keywords: Service Learning, Feminist Pedagogy, Agroecology, Feminist Geography
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Institutional and disciplinary divisions in university settings have created boundaries and hierarchies between knowledge communities both within and beyond the academy. Such boundaries and hierarchies are problematic and disabling for efforts attempting to challenge systemic inequities and create sustainable food systems. This poster examines the possibilities and challenges of creating a new institutional arrangement through an off-site Service-Learning course about urban agriculture in a Nutrition and Food Science undergraduate program at a Hispanic-Serving institution of higher education. While the course covers such topics as agroecology, the geography of food, food justice, community development, and the basics of vegetable crop production, the course is based on a feminist analyses of geography and agricultural science. By analyzing teacher and student reflections, we argue that feminist scholarship in science and geography provides a foundation for transformative pedagogy, which is especially suited for Nutrition and Food Science students. Feminist approaches question the assumption that the academy is the privileged site for knowledge production, encourage analyses of power in Service-Learning settings, and create a more accessible and empowering foundation for agroecological education.

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