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First Planet Blue Ambassador Appreciation Day Held on May 10

May 21, 2013 | by Graham Sustainability Institute

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"Nearly 50 certified Planet Blue Ambassadors (faculty, students, and staff) participated in the first annual Planet Blue Ambassador Appreciation Day on Friday, May 10, 2013 at U-M's Matthaei Botanical Gardens. 

The Ambassadors began the afternoon by being introduced to the U-M Campus Farm by leaders from the U-M Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP). While at the Campus Farm, Ambassadors volunteered to help prepare the garden for spring. Ambassadors weeded the plot, mulched, picked winter crops from the greenhouses, and planted the first crop of the season: potatoes."

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ARTDES 300 - Sustainable Food System Design

Art & Design 300.012, 3 credits

M/F 8:30-11:30am

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This course explores a wide variety of contemporary and historic food systems at several scales including conventional, organic, and permaculture. Weekly site visits include trips to a dairy farm, a beef operation, a small permaculture farm, a CSA, a farmers market, a community farm in Detroit, the MSU student farm, and a slaughterhouse. Students will read and present work from a range of contemporary farm / food literature and will work on completing a series of original designs. Early designs will be on assigned topics and a final design project is self-directed. Graduate students and non-A&D students will need overrides to register. Enrollment is limited to 25 students. 

Topics: Open to a full array of upstream to downstream topics

  • Soil Science
  • Water and nutrient cycles
  • Seedstock
  • Livestock
  • Organic Ag
  • Conventional Ag
  • Michigan Ag
  • Student / Campus Ag
  • Urban Ag
  • Food Justice

Course Goals:

  • Develop a working definition of Sustainable Food
  • Deepen your knowledge of a particular aspect of Food Systems
  • Develop a research process focused on site evaluation and critical reflection
  • Enhance and embrace your creative process
  • Develop a focused design process

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