The Farm To Fork team is happy to announce that they will be speaking at the 26th Annual Teaching and Learning Innovations Conference at the University of Guelph on May 1, 2013.
The presentation will describe our experiences using a pedagogical approach which brings Community Engaged Scholarship within the classroom. The abstract is as follows:
The Farm To Fork project began with a simple question: in a culture that throws away upwards of 40% of all foodstuffs, how do we connect the people who have viable food to give to those who need it most? While food security remains a world-wide concern, we present a local open-source solution borne of a community engaged classroom at the University of Guelph. This project is the result of the collaboration of several community groups, the University of Guelph’s Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship and the Research Shop, as well as the School of Computer Science, and the dedication and hard work of thirty engaged computer science students.
The presentation will begin with a review of the early stages of the project, several months before the students first stepped into the classroom. The presentation will transition to a description of the course, its pedagogical goals, and the standard template used by previous instructors. These will form the basis of a brief discussion linking pedagogical goals to community needs. The presentation will conclude with a description and presentation of the Farm To Fork website, including challenges and successes outlined at the level of the community, the instructor, and the student.
It’s going to be a busy summer!