The Geneseo Food Project (GFP) was established in the Fall of 2007 to explore the relationships between food, environmental sustainability, and social justice, and to model an environmentally and socially sustainable food system on campus. Its purpose is to create to facilitate a campus- and community-wide interdisciplinary discussion of historical and contemporary issues related to food, social justice, and the environment. Bringing together scholars, students, and activists, the Food Project explores these issues as they have unfolded on the local, regional, national, and international levels.
One way we explore these issues is through our campus community garden. In addition to providing participants with an opportunity to gain experience growing their own produce using sustainable agricultural practices, the garden allows us to offer interdisciplinary courses that blend traditional and experiential learning aimed at giving students a deeper understanding of where our food comes from. Last but not least, the garden provides a space where people can learn from each other about growing and preparing food while working together for a common purpose. A community garden, after all, is as much about community as it is about gardening.
The GFP's speaker series, course offerings, and field trips allow us to explore the connections between the conviviality of community gardening and broader social and environmental issues related to the politics of food. That exploration has been greatly enhanced by our effort to reach out to the wider community. Our speaker series includes a number of food activists and scholars from Western NY and is open to the public. We are also actively cultivating off-campus service-learning opportunities for Geneseo students interested in working with local non-profit organizations.
If you're interested in participating in any of these activities, please don't hesitate to contact us. No experience is required-just a desire to get your hands in the soil, eat fresh veggies, and work with others.