Seeds of Renewal: Cultivating Indigenous Crops (APA4307.02)

Tatiana Abatemarco

In this course, students will work together to start seeds and plant a garden at the Purple Carrot Farm in collaboration with the Elnu Abenaki people, on whose unceded land Bennington College is located. Students will read texts and engage in class discussion on the topics of indigenous food sovereignty, rematriatriation, and decolonization. The class will feature guest speakers and field trips to learn about local and regional indigenous groups and their efforts to maintain cultural identity and advocate for their communities. The class will create an educational event for the campus community in order to share what they have learned. Additionally, students will complete individualized research projects that will culminate in a paper and presentation on the topic of a specific indigenous crop, examining its social-ecological history.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will connect scholarly research and academic inquiry to actions that will improve society and serve their communities.
Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills as they execute an individualized research project on an indigenous crop.
Students will become familiar with the process of seed starting, transplanting, and indigenous gardening techniques.
Students will create an educational event for the community, translating their knowledge to a public audience.



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Determination will be given to students who have Plans related to the course material.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
T 8:30AM - 12:10PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , Advancement of Public Action , Fully In-Person
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