Posted by: Adam Kay | December 17, 2012

A student-led symposium in sustainability science: The Youth Farms Project

Dr. Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt and friends sampling from the Bahai farm in Minneapolis

Dr. Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt and friends sampling from the Bahai farm in Minneapolis

The Biology Department at the University of St. Thomas is committed to integrating research, teaching, and community outreach activities. On Friday December 14 (2012), our new sophomore-level class (Biology 209 – Biology of Sustainability) had a symposium to display student projects from a service-learning lab on sustainable agriculture. The lab was designed to assess soil quality and gardening practices for our community partner, the Youth Farm and Market Project. Youth Farms is a Twin Cities organization that provides experiential education and training activities for over 600 youths organized around the themes of urban agriculture and local food production. Our UST students collected samples from 13 urban farms in the Youth Farms program and analyzed soil samples for nutrients, heavy metals, and other measures of soil quality. Students then analyzed and summarized the results, and prepared products to disseminate their findings. They were allowed to choose among three target audiences: farm managers, youths involved in the program, or the UST community. Student groups produced a variety of products including prezis, web sites, brochures, handouts, and posters. There was even a children’s book and a board game! We awarded prizes for best offerings in each of the categories.  It was a hard choice because there were so many good ones. Here are the winners:

“Decreasing Environmental Impact” – a brochure by Liz Chambers, Christian Hager, Dalton Neu, and Aly Phillips.brochuregroup

brochure

————————————————————————————————-

Youth Farms Project: Nellie Stone” – a website developed by Natalie Khoury and Eyerusalem Lemma

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

————————————————————————————————-

“FARM” – a board game by Jill Haugen, CeCe Peterson, and Lexi Tarter

The FARM game with Lexi Tarter and CeCe Peterson

The FARM game with Lexi Tarter and CeCe Peterson

————————————————————————————————-

“A Kid’s Guide to Urban Farming” – a children’s book by Megan Beetch, Abby Lown, Allison Keith, and Tess Kingcolorbookgroup

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

————————————————————————————————-

Services for Urban Gardening and the Youth Development Program” – a Prezi by Meaghan Hunt, Lauren Knapp, Meghan O’Reilly, Devin Molnauprezigroup

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

————————————————————————————————-

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

About these ads

Responses

  1. [...] web sites, brochures, handouts, and posters. There was even a children’s book and a board game! (see the previous blog post on this event here). It was both productive and really [...]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: