Taking a page from Freshman Studies, Green Roots is sponsoring a special 1-unit course for Term III under the umbrella of Topics in Environmental Studies that will feature a campus community read of the 2009 book â€śFarm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer.â€ť The bookâ€™s author, Novella Carpenter, will visit campus in April in conjunction with Earth Day and the Fox Cities Book Festival.
The book chronicles Carpenterâ€™s efforts to operate a sustainable farm 10 blocks from the ghetto of downtown Oakland, Calif., utilizing a vacant lot to grow pumpkins and artichokes and the scraps in dumpsters to feed her collection of chickens, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and pigs.
Registration for the one-hour-per-week, five-week-long class is currently open to all students and will feature 16 faculty from across the curriculum team-teaching the course with a colleague.
â€śI am thrilled to see such a positive campus-wide response to this initiative,â€ť said Associate Professor of Geology Andrew Knudsen, who spearheaded the community read course with Jason Brozek, assistant professor of government and Stephen Edward Scarff Professor of International Affairs. â€śWe have students and instructors from all across the university signed up to participate in this program. It will be very exciting to be a part of a campus-wide discussion of this book. If you can run a farm on a vacant lot in Oakland, it seems like the possibilities are limitless.â€ťTags: Andrew Knudsen, Environmental Studies, Farm City, Freshman Studies, Green Roots, Jason Brozek, Liberal Arts Education, Novella Carpenter