ENVS 253 - Outline

Course Outline

Course Outline - Fall 2008


Since 2000, local farmers have been working formally and informally with Kenyon students and faculty in areas of mutual interest concerning issues of sustainable agriculture, environmental concerns, and preservation of farmland surrounding the college. This has led to a growing interest and involvement of more students in sustainability issues, local foods, and connections with the local and global community.


ENVS 253 introduces students to the principles of sustainable agriculture through hands-on experience on local farms and through readings and discussion of current literature. As such, this course is a combination of fieldwork and seminar-style discussion. Work on the farm will be varied, determined by the seasons and farm projects underway. In addition, students will be taken to the local Producers Livestock auction, and other off-farm visits as the time and season allows. Students can expect to handle animals, clean barns, harvest crops, plant crops, prepare farm products for market, build and repair fence, bale hay, feed animals, and work with, repair, or clean equipment and buildings and other activities as needed. Readings will be drawn from relevant books, current environmental literature and topical news items. Discussions will be student-led and combine readings and their experiences in the field. There are no pre- requisites for this course. However, students must have available in their academic schedule five continuous hours one day per week to spend working at a local organic farm (travel time will be in addition to these five hours). In addition, students will participate in a weekly 1.5-2 hour seminar discussion of assigned readings.


Course Content and Expectations - at the Farms:

Course Content and Expectations - Seminar: