Beginning this fall, students interested in food studies will have a new option to explore the many aspects of food, ranging from environmental impact to health to culture to eating.
A new food studies living and learning community, located in the Mercer Court Apartments, will be offered to students for the 2013-14 school year.
“The food exploration students will literally be able to grow food, harvest it, cook it, eat it,” said Julia Parrish, associate dean for academic affairs and diversity at the College of the Environment.
The Food Exploration Community is offered in joint efforts with the College of the Environment and the School of Public Health.
“We are offering kind of an academic menu, to play on the food piece, for people to intersect with food,” said Alice Schweihofer, administrator for Apartment Life, Housing and Food Services (HFS). “Themed communities allow students to connect over those shared interests. They have the opportunity to learn together and enhance their creative ideas around food.”
While the activities and events planned for the community are still in progress, Parrish said the community will likely include field trips to places like the farmer’s market and urban farms, meetings with professors and other people related to food, and growing fruits and vegetables in gardens that will be located right outside of Mercer Court. Students will also have the opportunity to work with the UW Farm and will delve into Seattle’s thriving food culture.