Farm Ed for Youth: Growing Stories

Instructor Name: 
Lydia Fisher
Course Description: 

Farm Ed for Youth: Growing Stories
This Capstone will partner with the Sauvie Island Center ( The mission of the Sauvie Island Center is “educating youth about food, farming, and the land.”  Students will work collaboratively with the Sauvie Island Center staff to develop curriculum for school age children, help the Center to tell the story of Oregon farmers and of farm education, and support Center staff in developing and maintaining the organization’s field trip site at Topaz Farm on Sauvie Island. Students will have the option of volunteering remotely or on site at Topaz Farm, learning about sustainable food systems and the impact of farm education; the course will offer opportunities for students to develop skills in educating and storytelling to help transform the relationship between humans and their environment and thus enact social change.

Class times are on Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:00pm-1:50pm.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate deep and active listening skills through listening to others’ accounts of their history and experiences.
Collect and curate stories of individuals and communities through interactions with those who have been influenced by their connection to Topaz Farm and Sauvie Island Center.
Translate stories to final products (classroom curriculum and publications) that help to share stories with a broader audience.
Demonstrate an understanding of food systems, food (in)security, gardening/environmental/place-based education, and the work of the Sauvie Island Center.
Critically analyze inequities and injustices in our current food and education systems, and recognize their agency in addressing those inequities and injustices.