Get your hands dirty
In addition to learning about the ethics, anthropology, and politics of food, there are lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty. Literally. The college owns and operates two organic farms. Classes make use of these farms, and there are opportunities to work on the farms both during the school year and during the productive summer months.
Multiple scales of learning and action
Students who choose to work on farming and food systems at COA do so on different scales. Some focus on learning production techniques and farm management skills, or contributing to local food security and resilience efforts. Others work at the international level to understand food politics and the economics forces that affect agriculture. Students participate in the yearly meetings of the UN Committee on World Food Security and its civil society mechanism or in classes such as French Food Politics and European Political Institutions. On campus, students learn about the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the local effects of international trade regimes.