CSA’s (community supported agriculture) are small farms that offer “shares” in their harvest. Members pay a set fee for a certain number of months and then receive a portion, usually on a weekly basis, of whatever the farm produces during that time. This way, the farmers have a guaranteed income, and customers share the risks facing all farmers–bad weather, poor growing conditions, unexpected emergencies, and natural disasters. For more information on CSAs, view the short documentary video produced by the Center (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rED52iZeaU) and the accompanying discussion guide.
Composting & Culture
Composting is the process of turning discarded food and plants into something usable, “healthy dirt” that nourishes the soil for growing plants. It offers a way to recycle food rather than add to heaps of trash.
Composting also offers connections—to the environment, the food system, our own food habits, the places we inhabit, and the cultures surrounding our food. Through composting, we can recognize these connections as well as create some excellent gardening materials!
The Center developed a curriculum project on composting that teaches about the connections of composting to food systems and food cultures–along with how to compost. See the Center Projects for the documentary video and activity guide.
The Center for Food and Culture believes that Food Connects Us All, and that we need to nourish connections to and through food. We do that by:
- providing information and resources on all aspects of food on our website;
- developing educational materials and publications available through our website;
- conducting projects, workshops, and presentations about food.
Several things about us:
We approach food as something that is much more than just “stuff to eat.” It is a realm of experience and activity that is shaped by history and the physical environment, but also carries individual memories, interests, and personalities. It is interwoven into all aspects of our lives, and our choices about food affect not only ourselves, but also other people and the earth.
Recognizing the complexity of both food and culture, we offer ways to look at issues around food, and provide resources to the variety of perspectives on those issues.