Food and Agriculture
Dig deep into food systems on the campus organic farm, in our world-class food-safe laboratory, and through field trips and internships.
Note: You can join or leave a Path of Study at any time and your credits will always count toward your Bachelor’s degree.
We all eat food. But how is good food raised, grown, or foraged, by whom, and at what cost? How do we create a food system that works for all? You will study food and agriculture science and policy, social justice, and literary perspectives, in addition to hands-on sustainable food production, value-added food processing, and cooking. Learn the connections between soil, health, labor and cultural experiences of food through coursework, practice, internships, local and national field trips, study abroad, and capstone projects.
- Get hands-on, field-based learning at the on-campus Organic Farm from seed, to harvest, to our farm stand, food bank, and student-run cooperative Flaming Eggplant café;
- Learn the science of food and sensory analysis, soils, plants, and livestock;
- Understand and engage with food justice and policy in the classroom and through community partners including non-profit organizations, worker-owned cooperatives and small farms;
- Learn the permaculture design process to analyze and design food, water, and energy systems;
Students put theory to practice in our excellent facilities that include a food grade lab, certified processing kitchen, and the on-campus Organic Farm, which includes three acres of fields, orchards and greenhouses producing fruit, vegetables, eggs, chickens, herbs, and cut flowers.
Programs offered 2020-21
- Business Fundamentals, Team Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation: Changemaker Lab (FWS)
- Flaming Eggplant Cafe: Cooperative Food Business Management (FWS)
- Food, Health, and Sustainability (FWS)
- Terroir/Meroir: Toward Agroecological Agribusiness? (FWS)
- Practice of Organic Farming (F+S)
- Global Studies: Plants and Empire (F)
- Field Plant Taxonomy and Biodiversity Conservation (S)
- Ecology of Grazing and Grasslands in the Pacific Northwest (S)
- Medicine of Community and Place (S)
Programs planned 2021-25
- Practice of Organic Farming
- Food, Health, Sustainability
- Ecological Agriculture
- Botany: Plants and People
- SOS: Food and Agriculture
- Food Justice and Social Movements