My presentation will also discuss some of the methodologies I have employed in these courses, including those utilized in a recent paired “colonial food systems” course team taught with a sociologist, Sal Johnston. Our course requires students to manage a sustainable organic micro-farm located on campus, which I helped establish. This aspect demonstrates the importance of multi-paradigmatic approaches to studying the relationship between local and regional environmental regimes shaped by global empires. For example, in a unit on the Columbian Exchange, we will address species colonization, monoculture, and global production enforced and managed by empires. “Colonial Food Systems” also serves as part of Whittier College’s Sustainable Urban Farm Lab (SUrF) program. SUrF aims to facilitate student and faculty-led research through workshops and internships on sustainable urban farming. SUrF also seeks out various community outlets for students to practice permaculture principles, including at schools, community gardens, and urban farms. As co-director of the program, I have been fortunate to advise students on various outreach projects and see first-hand how they have engaged the community.
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