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Bringing the Classroom Outside: Students Dig Deeper into Learning at the Organic Garden

Written by Sabina Leybold


IC students definitely aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty in nature’s classroom. This year, two courses have begun using the on-campus organic garden so that students can discover for themselves the process of growing food.

In Globalization of Food, sociology professor Bhavani Arabandi teaches skills like growing, weeding, and harvesting. Students then connect with community organizations to deepen their understanding of local and global food issues.

Food and Society, a health course, also teaches students how to harvest and cook produce from the garden. Back in the classroom, students use their garden experience to examine how human food systems have evolved.

“Community gardens and farmers’ markets provide more to communities and individuals than just food…they also fulfill social, psychological, and cultural functions,” professor Julia Lapp said. 



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