Watersheds and Foodsheds: An Interdisciplinary, Experiential, and Community-Based Environmental Humanities Project
In collaboration with Nancy Bentley, who runs the nearby Fair Weather Farm, environmental humanities students will study the way Americans have come to grow, distribute and eat both industrial and local, organic food. This project will allow students to build, tend, and harvest their own organic garden plot at Fair Weather Farm – and, in the process, see for themselves (with their eyes and their hands) how local, organic food production works.
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McKay Jenkins is Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities. For two decades he has focused his research and teaching on the relationship between people and the natural world. Most recently, his books What’s Gotten Into Us and Poison Spring have focused on the wide presence of toxic chemicals in our bodies and the environment. His new book project will focus on the controversy over genetically modified foods (GMOs).
Nancy Bentley is the owner and operator of Fair Weather Farm at Fairhill, which is dedicated to the education of the public on the many aspects of wellness. Nancy’s farm was certified organic by the USDA in the spring of 2008. The farm currently has a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) operation which has been in existence for the past 4 years. Nancy has worked with the state of Delaware’s Healthy Food For Healthy Kids program, which integrates farmers with students in order to bring children to an awareness of where their food comes from. She has also worked with UD students in the Down To Earth Food Co-op. Delaware students come out to the farm and work in exchange for produce for their weekly community dinners.