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Community Labs in AgriFood Teaching

Authors: Kirsten Valentine Cadieux*, Hamline University, Jennifer Nicklay, University of Minnesota
Topics: Agricultural Geography, Food Systems, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: teaching, food, agriculture, rural, urban,
Session Type: Lightning Paper
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual Track 9
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This lightning presentation describes the development of collaborative, community-engaged research labs for community food systems research. Three projects have been the topic of this extended, iterative teaching attempt: a multi-media community cookbook and food systems organizing manual, a student food security assessment, and an urban food cultivation ecosystem services research project. Despite widespread interest in learning about food systems, teaching complex and depressing systemic problems remains a challenge -- and students and community members are interested in research, but not necessarily familiar with or interested in the processes of carrying it out. This brief talk highlights some teaching revision and repair strategies developed from research on the teaching process.

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