Farm to Fork: Tapping the Groundswell in Farm-Based Education

A 2009 Finger Lakes Bioneers Conference Session
Sunday October 18, 11AM – 12noon

Ithaca College

Panelists for our session:

  • Todd McLane, Farm Manager, West Haven Farm, Ithaca, NY. What’s up with the exploding farm-based education movement? What’s Groundswell and what sorts of farm-based education programs are we offering?

  • Chelsea Brous and Parker MacDonald, students at Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca. Our experiences with farm-based education at Lehman Alternative Community School – What do teachers and students get out of it?

  • Rebecca Rodomsky-Bish, Science Faculty, New Roots Charter School, Ithaca, NY. How are New Roots teachers and students using farm-based education to address sustainability issues and meet academic expectations?

  • Kelly Wessel, Chair, Environmental Studies, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY. What’s the potential of FBE for community college students and educators? What is the potential for a TC3-Groundswell Certificate Program?

  • Joanna Green, Director, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, Ithaca, NY. Moderator.

Break-out groups

  • Farmers, with Todd. How can farmers get involved in Farm-Based Education?

  • Teachers, with Rebecca and Kelly. How can teachers tap into Farm-Based Education?

  • Students, with Joanna and LACS student. How can students get involved in Farm-Based Education?

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