Farm Education For Youth

Instructor Name: 
Celine Fitzmaurice
Course Description: 


Currently, approximately 1 in 6 children live in food insecure households ( At the same time, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that "the percentage of children with obesity in the US has more than tripled since the 1970's" - placing youth at risk for a variety of health problems in adulthood. In this course, we will examine the impact of food insecurity and our current food system on youth. We will also consider a variety of solutions to diet-related challenges facing you in the US. Finally, we will explore the root causes of food insecurity through a structural equity lens.

Students in this course will partner with the Sauvie Island Center ( to lead farm-based field trips for elementary age students.  The mission of the Sauvie Island Center  is “educating youth about food, farming, and the land.”  As a student in this course, you will need to travel to Sauvie Island one day per week throughout most of the term. You will have a choice of Mon., Wed,  or Thurs  field trip slots.  

Field trip leaders are required to be at the farm from 8:45am-2pm on field trip days. You are responsible for providing your own transportation to and from the island on these dates (in the past, students have formed carpools.) During field trip weeks, we will not meet in the classroom on Thursdays. 

Class times are on Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:00am-11:50am.

Field trip days are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.