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Ethnobotany Segue to Sustainable Agriculture

for segue forms (.pdf) see attachment section below

Objectives

  • Demonstrate some of the basic aspects of sustainable agriculture particularly as they relate to studies of traditional societies.

  • Illustrate broad applications of sustainable agriculture

  • Develop avenues for students to continue to learn about sustainable agriculture that lead directly out of the segue experience.

Learning Structure

  • Class-room/Laboratory discussion groups (students will have already watched assigned video presentations)

    • During a short 10 minute activity students will devise a rooftop garden.  This activity will address the three main goals of sustainable agriculture: farm profitability, environmental stewardship, and quality of life.
  • Community observations
    • Following the above in-class work, students will be asked to look around their neighborhood for buildings that could support rooftop gardens.  These observations will be discussed in class next week.
    • Provide a brief overview of some of the most interesting areas of sustainable agriculture.
    • Direct students to practitioners of sustainable agriculture within the University and in the community at-large.
    • Show students specific courses or other educational opportunities that can be used to further explore interests in sustainable agriculture. 

Learning Outcomes

(1 = Most Desired Outcome, 3 = A Desirable Outcome, 5 = Least Desired Outcome)

  1. Students seek more information about studies in sustainable agriculture, register to take a course in sustainable agriculture, and become a degree seeking major in sustainable agriculture.

  2. Students seek more information about studies in sustainable agriculture and register to take a course in sustainable agriculture as part of an effort to broaden their education.

  3. Students develop a sufficient (but minimal) understanding of sustainable agriculture to be able to make decisions about their own career (and inclusion or not of this science). These students are probably better citizens/voters.

  4. Students do not learn anything about sustainable agriculture.

  5. Students develop a negative perspective about sustainable agriculture because of the information received through this project.

Ethnobotany Segue Experience

  • During the class session students will devise a rooftop garden.  They will need to decide on a garden theme, the kinds of crops they want to plant, how the work will be performed, and how the produce will be distributed.  Their planning should address the three main goals of sustainable agriculture.

  • Class discussion will address various issues of sustainable agriculture, including how rooftop gardens impact the local and global environment.

  • As a follow-up activity, students will be asked to look around their neighborhood for buildings that could support rooftop gardens.  These observations will be discussed in class next week.

Other Science

Other Science Practitioners

  • Students interested in sustainable agriculture may want to contact Dr. Janice Uchida, Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, St John 304C.  She can be contacted at juchida@hawaii.edu and (808) 956-282.

  • Other Science Courses

    • Students interested in learning more about sustainable agriculture issues may want to take an introductory course like PEPS 210 Environmental Resources: Issues and Options.
    Resources

    Funded by National Science Foundation Grant Award Number DUE06-18690

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    Dave Reedy,
    Aug 7, 2008, 1:21 PM
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    Dave Reedy,
    Dec 16, 2008, 6:07 PM
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