Here's what we did last spring. New trip descriptions will be posted as they become available.
Putney en Cuernavaca Parte II
Cuernavaca, about an hour south of Mexico City, is a traveler's dream and capital of the state of Morelos. Its near perfect climate has attracted vacationers since the days of the Aztec emperors. Today, its narrow streets host a strange mix of local residents,
Mexican vacationers, foreign students, international jet-setters, and Hollywood stars. Filming conditions are so agreeable that Morelos has become a favorite destination of the U.S. film industry.
Boasting a year round temperature of between 75 and 80 degrees, Cuernavaca is known world round as the "City of Eternal Spring". It is located at 4,626 feet above sea level, and is home to around 500,000 residents. With Mexico City only an hour away, students can take advantage of the historical and cultural benefits of the capital without having to live with the inconveniences of the "big city".
Approximate cost per student (including additional excursions): $1850
Beets and Streets: Urban Sustainable Agriculture Across the United States
What are the features of a sustainable urban food system? We will aim to answer this question as we set off on an urban farming road trip. During this trip we will experience a full range of urban farms across the United States as we travel to three cities that are leaders in the sustainable agriculture movement: New York City, Detroit and San Francisco. While visiting a wide array of farms, gardens, schools and non-profits we will be exposed to vertical farming, rooftop gardens, hydroponic and aquaculture farming, food justice organizations,
school gardens and more. During these visits we will explore the ways that these farms and organizations address environmental and social justice issues in an urban setting.This trip will include a service-learning component that will involve working with students to help build a school garden in San Leandro, California. We will also have time to do sightseeing in each of the cities we visit, which will likely include eating delicious food, listening to live music, and maybe even hugging a redwood tree.
Preference will be given to students from the Agroecology class first, then Sustainability Squad and Food class members. If there are more applicants than spots remaining, we will have students draft a short essay about why they want to attend the trip.
Approximate cost per student: $1800