Regional High School Introduces Sustainable Agriculture & Food Certificate Program

michael michael at fingerlakespermaculture.org
Wed Aug 26 13:38:20 EDT 2015


New Roots Charter School, a free public charter school open to all students in
Tompkins and surrounding counties, has launched a Sustainable Agriculture & Food
Certificate program. This honors program is designed to provide an in-depth
knowledge of social, scientific, and cultural factors about how we bring food to
our table.

http://www.newrootsschool.org/content/new-roots-introduces-sustainable-agriculture-food-certificate-program

Through internships, electives, special projects, and events, students will
learn skills that few other schools in the country currently offer. Students
will also have a range of experiences in culinary arts, farming, nutrition, and
business focusing on the connections between the farm, the food, and the table.
Required electives include a Culinary Arts class, Foodshed Studies, Sustainable
Entrepreneurship, and Ecological Design and plus several others. Enrollees will
also have opportunities to earn college credit through Tompkins Community
College.

Students will develop portfolios that demonstrate their learning about how
cooking, farming, food distribution and processing have developed throughout
history. Food insecurity, poor nutrition, ecological degradation, the history of
agriculture, and the social causes of hunger and nutrition are some of the
various topics that students will examine. Throughout their studies at New
Roots, students explore innovative responses to these problems culminating with
a senior year Capstone Project when they will immerse themselves in a specific
solution on a local scale.

Those who wish to enroll at New Roots and join the program are encouraged to
contact Rebecca Cutter via email <rcutter at newrootsschool.org
<mailto:rcutter at newrootsschool.org> > or by phone (607-882-9220) at New Roots
Charter School.

Local farms, restaurants, food producers and any other organization or business
involved in bringing healthy food to our tables and wishes to support, get
involved or provide training and internships opportunities are asked to contact
Michael Burns at <mburns at newrootsschool.org <mailto:mburns at newrootsschool.org>
>.

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