The students in Cornell’s first two cohorts of the community food systems minor now have global experience in the world of sustenance, which they’ve shared in a book, “In the Field: Student Perspectives on Community Food Systems Engagement.”
The minor, which started in Fall 2016, is a multidisciplinary course of study that explores the agricultural, ecological and ethical dimensions of sustenance. While several students stayed in the U.S. for their summer 2018 practicum, others traveled to India or China. They collected memorable, meaningful and engaging reflections for the book, which published May 15.
For Marquan Jones ’20, growing up in a Chicago food desert inspired him to study development sociology. Jones spent his summer 2018 practicum as a project director for the Proviso Partners for Health in Chicago. There, he worked on programming for the Giving Garden, part of the Food Justice Hub that strengthens the local food system through urban gardening, farm stands and a fresh food subscription program.