As a center on the Oregon State University campus, part of our role is to offer both credit and non-credit courses that pertain to our mission and diversifies educational offerings. Below you will find examples of courses we have created and offered to our learning community.
Cities and Food: How Great Cities Are Fed
A 1929 book, “How Great Cities are Fed,” used the word foodshed for the first time. In that spirit, this course explores the layers of food systems that feed a city. How great cities are fed has evolved since 1929, and local food has re-emerged, this time as an alternative to the norm. The course combines readings, discussion, and an intensive field session using Portland, Oregon, as a laboratory to explore how local, regional, national, and international food systems feed a great city.
Introduction to Food Systems: Local To Global (AGRI 411)
What is a food system, what does it look like, and how does it work? This multi-disciplinary course introduces students to the complex topic of food systems, considering social, economic, and environmental influences and consequences. The course is open to upper division undergraduates and graduate students and involves guest lectures, readings, writing assignments, and a group project.
Food IQ (HC 407)
We all have to eat. What do we eat, where does it come from, what happens along the way, and why does that matter? In this Honors College course, part of the “IQ” series, we engage with different complex and controversial aspects of food systems in the U.S., exploring the role of social values, economics, and public policy in influencing food systems and food choices. Students lead discussions, give presentations, and write short papers, including a personal food systems philosophy.
Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management
This course uses a whole farm framework to integrate biological, physical, financial, and family aspects of the farm business. It is based on a successful beginning farmer training program currently offered by the OSU Extension Small Farms Program.