A program in practical agriculture and the racial injustices and climate conditions that continue to shape our food system.
Students explore the history of racial injustices with regards to land ownership and food access and how this has shaped which people have acquired wealth and maintained access to healthy food in the present day.
With climate change expected to shift the agricultural picture and have a larger impact on low income earners and communities of color, students learn about what we can do to ensure equitable outcomes.
Students take their learning literally into the field. We use a small farm to empower students to take sustainable action and positively impact our community. They plant healthy, culturally-appropriate food and have agency in all aspects of planning from sowing to distribution.
Cape Cod forms a major backdrop to this program given the rich agricultural history and cultural diversity of our land stewards. In order to make informed choices about the future, students need to know their neighbors, feel connected to their history, and know what impact they can have.
So far in this program we have been fortunate enough have been working with the following groups:
We are in the debt of a number of amazing organizations who have supported the establishment of this program.
Firstly, we received a significant grant from the Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF). This funded most of the start-up costs including the greenhouse, bed lumber, tools and classroom resources. FEF does amazing work in our community and we thank them for seeing the potential in our program.
Other organizations who have supported us:
We have also enjoyed worked with:
You can learn more about this project in the following articles:
The full text of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Food Justice Initiative and the Falmouth Public Schools can be found here