Join Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network for a webinar about campus farms!
Campus farms serve an important purpose in both academia and the local food movement. They work at the intersection of food justice, environmental sustainability, and healthy eating. In addition to providing meaningful opportunities for students to participate in food production, campus farms can also be on-site learning labs for a range of academic disciplines.
During this webinar, Katrina Light from Bard College, Todd McLane from Tompkins-Cortland Community College, and Jeremy Oldfield from Yale University join us to talk about the campus farms they manage. We will explore how each of these campus farms adapt to expand engagement opportunities with students, staff, faculty, administration, and community stakeholders.
The webinar was organized by the Campus Farm Working Group of the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network, which is coordinated by Farm to Institution New England (FINE). The New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network is a community of higher education and food systems stakeholders who connect, share, and collaborate to develop transparent regional supply chains and educate campus communities about regional food systems. To learn more about the Campus Farm Working Group, please visit www.farmtoinst.org/campus/groups or contact Tania Taranovski, FINE’s director of programs, at [email protected].
Book & Plow Farm
Maida Ives is the manager of farm education and operations at Book & Plow Farm as well as the co-chair of the campus farm working group hosted by the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network. Maida loves sunshine, teamwork, food, and physical labor. She has been living and studying the intersection of food and education for years. After years teaching middle school math, Maida volunteered on farms while traveling, and learned vegetable production in Northern Virginia. While living there, she searched for farms that work with students to grow food and then moved to Amherst College to work at Book & Plow Farm.
Katrina Light is the supervisor of food and agricultural programs at Bard College, where she works to advance local food growing, sustainable purchasing and overall agricultural efforts. Before this, she worked for Chartwells Dining Services as their food sustainability director. Katrina was raised on a farm and has taught food and agriculture-focused classes at the University of Vermont, the Putney School, and currently teaches Bard's Food Systems Practicum. Katrina is passionate about hands-on learning through farming, composting, and culinary education.
Tompkins-Cortland Community College
Todd McLane is the farm director at the TC3 Farm in Dryden, New York. In addition to managing the daily operations of the farm he is also an assistant adjunct professor at Tompkins Cortland Community College, where he teaches the farming internships part of the Sustainable Farming and Food Systems program. Todd also sits on the board of directors for Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming and is on the Agriculture and Horticulture Committee at the local Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Jeremy Oldfield manages student stewardship of the Yale Farm and coordinates on-farm academic programming with Yale faculty. During the academic year, he works closely with Yale students on site-specific projects and course visits to the farm. During the summer, Jeremy directs farm programming and multidisciplinary course study for the Lazarus Summer Internship. He has worked with the Yale Sustainable Food Program since 2012.