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Urban Farming (International Studies 3701)

DU's Urban Farming course helps students see the connections between their communities and the other 7 billion people on the planet, says Professor Sasha Breger Bush.

If you’re looking to get your hands dirty this summer and dig into the global and local issues underlying the local food movement, this course could be for you.

With Urban Farming—a five-credit, upper-level course—Professor Sasha Breger Bush explores the political and economical forces driving the local food movement. You’ll learn how far food travels from the farm to the table and how this journey impacts your health, the environment and other global issues. You’ll also examine successful cases of urban farming in Nairobi, Kenya and Havana, Cuba.

What you can expect to learn from this course:

Bush will combine lectures, guest speakers, film, discussion and reflective writing to expose how local issues affect Denver’s bite of the local food craze. Then, you’ll venture to Denver-area farms to:

  • Get a first-hand look at different models of urban farming, including community-supported agriculture and nonprofit-funded farms.
  • Dig in and learn how farming is done.
  • Gain practical knowledge to start your own compost heaps and grow your own vegetables.

By the end of the course, you’ll know exactly where your food came from, the conditions under which it was produced and how this ties into the push for local food production.

If you’re an international studies major or minor, you can take this course to earn credit toward an International Health and Development and Global Political Economy concentration. While a background in international political economy or agriculture issues is helpful before taking this class, it’s not required.

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