Seminar on Alternatives in Agriculture


(PLS 190/IAD 290)

Winter 2011

Tuesdays 4:10 to 6:00  101 Bowley

The Winter 2011 Alternatives in Agriculture Seminar will explore diverse aspects of, and perspectives on, agricultural and food systems, with a focus on alternative approaches.  We will hear a wide range of participants in agriculture and food systems describe their work and tell their stories and we will look for common themes in their situations, efforts, successes and challenges.

The course format will include presentations by guest speakers, panel discussions and student led discussions. We will examine a number of topics related to themes such as:

• Opportunities and challenges for beginning and small scale farmers
• Issues relevant to both rural and urban populations such as food shed assessments, farm-to-school   programs, farm worker conditions and issues, urban agriculture projects
• Ecosystem services in agriculture and on-farm habitat: benefits, incentives, and conflicts and other interaction related to food safety and sustainability.

Speakers will include:
Shawn Harrison, Soil Born Farm
Alethea Harper, Food First
Talia Hack-Davie, Davis Farm to School
Brandon Louie, Children in the Fields Project
Jessa Kisae, Xerces Society
Kelly Garbach, UCDavis
Christina Fischer, The Nature Conservancy
Trevor Suslow, UC Davis
Eric Holt-Giminez, Food First
Kendra Johnson, Farm Link
Marison Lopez and Kobi Assa, Full Circle Farm

Registration information:
Undergraduates: enroll in PLS 190 (sec 1) CRN 37805
Graduates: enroll in IAD 290 (sec 1)  CRN 28865
This course is graded P/NP (PLS 190) or S/U (IAD 290)

For information, contact: Mark Van Horn,, 752-7645