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Study Sustainable Agriculture in Switzerland and Italy

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Study Sustainable Agriculture in Switzerland and Italy

Time: February 1, 2010 from 6am to 5pm
Location: Lopez Island, Switzerland, Italy, and Inspiration Farm
Phone: (363) 650-3284 or (360) 650-2106
Event Type: college, credit, course
Organized By: Gigi Berardi
Latest Activity: Dec 27, 2009

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Deadline to Register is February 1st

Course dates: August 5-August 26*

Option for one of two seminars:
August 28/29 or September 11/12, 2010 (Inspiration Farm)

ESTU 497a: Agroecology Intensive (8 credits)
ESTU 497b: Ecogastronomy Intensive (2 credits)


Immerse yourself in an intensive food production study of biodynamic agriculture and agro-biodiversity conservation in Switzerland. Then travel to Italy for critical studies in food cultures, and gastronomic sciences and society. This hands-on program provides the following unique learning opportunities.

* View holistic farm systems and traditional strategies to protect wild biodiversity in agroecosystems on Lopez Island, WA to start your journey
* Study the philosophical underpinnings of biodynamics as well as practical farm practice and applied research at the Goetheanum, in Dornach, Switzerland
* Research artisan and conventional food systems in the home of Slow Food, Bra and Pollenzo, Italy
* Immerse yourself in rhetoric of the Slow Food Movement with study of sensory taste science and heritage agriculture
* Identify and utilize frameworks of analysis that apply to integrated ecoagriculture research
* Complete your experience by participating in carbon-offsetting at Inspiration Farm in Whatcom County, which is initiating innovative research and farm practices


*Approximate dates include six days of travel/study time to be determined once final enrollment figures are established March 1, 2010; most of the course readings to be completed before the intensive begins.

Program contact:
Gigi Berardi, Huxley College of the Environment
gigi.berardi@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3284 or (360) 650-2106

Application contact:
eesp@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3308

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Comment by Heather K on November 26, 2009 at 5:56am
Let me know if they want any help during the class for the portion that is at Inspiration Farm, and the part that is on Lopez Island...I'm surprised their not including a tour of the Bullocks on Orcas or of Uprising Organics Seed Farm.

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