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The Practicum


All students enrolled in the Community Food Systems (CFS) Minor must complete a practicum, which involves working with a domestic or international community-based organization involved in creating food systems that are just, equitable, and environmentally sound. 

The practicum is designed to provide students with an opportunity to:
(1) partner with and learn from individuals directly involved in developing sustainable community food systems; and
(2) under the supervision of these individuals contribute to these initiatives in meaningful ways.

Eligibility:  To be eligible to apply to participate in a community-based practicum students must be at least a sophomore.  It is preferred (but not required) that students also have completed the CFS Minor Introductory Course, DSoc 3400: Agriculture, Food, and Sustainability, and Social Justice, before completing the required practicum.

Practicum Options:

1. A ten-week summer placement with a community-based organization:  Students (a) apply for and, if selected, are placed in a position with one of the minor's community-based partner organizations or (b) proposes and must be approved to complete their own practicum experience with a community-based organization involved in work that supports sustainable community food systems.  In both instances, students must complete a minimum of 168 hours (~17 hours/week) devoted to the responsibilities of the practicum experience (~17 hours per week during the 10 week period), under the supervision of the host organization.  The summer practicum typically begins the first Monday of June and ends the second Friday in August.  Practicum experiences are also supervised by a member of the CFS faculty team and involve rweekly reflection assignments and group discussions via web-conference.  Learn about the practicum application process.

  • 2019 Summer Practicum Timeline (subject to change):
  • 2019 Summer Practicum Opportunities
    • Apply for a practicum with a CFS Minor Community Partner
    • Propose your own practicum experience with the "Independent Practicum" application form

2. A semester-based opportunity, which requires students to:

Gardens serve many purposes and are a powerful catalyst for learning about many of the wicked problems of the world. Gardening is an important avenue to community development, too, and assists families in understanding the link between local food and their well-being. This course sequence will examine the garden’s role in community food security and food justice.  Students successfully completing the Seed to Supper 2-course sequence will receive a certificate of completion, indicating preparedness to lead Seed to Supper and similar garden-based facilitator preparation in communities.  Learn more.