Why Food Matters I: An Introduction to Local, Regional, and Global Food Systems

We interact with food on a daily basis and yet its origin and journey is often unclear. This course is designed to introduce students to the complex systems that bring food from farm to table. The study of food systems is dynamic and multidisciplinary, so the curriculum will integrate Social Studies, humanities, nutrition, and environmental science. Students will engage in hands-on learning to discover their place in the complex web of food production, distribution, and consumption. The ultimate goal of the course is to prepare students to become active and informed participants in their own local, regional, and global food systems.


“Consider that the mind is capable of an endless growth.”—Asa Burton, one of the founders, urging citizens of Thetford to establish TA in 1819
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