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ENVS 210: Introduction to Sustainable Food Systems

Learn more about sustainable local food systems, gardening, project management and more in this new lab course that takes place at the Communiversity Gardens.

  • Overview of how Illinois residents have responded to food problems through local initiatives
  • Examine different local food models used in DeKalb County and northern Illinois
  • Opportunities for several on-site visits to food production operations in the region

The Communiversity Gardens will be used to explore soil science, food justice, local food, project management, public health and environmental issues. The course consists of one hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory work in the Communiversity Gardens per week.

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Certificate of Undergraduate Study

The Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Sustainable Food Systems will provide the student with a solid foundation for work in sustainable food and farming. This interdisciplinary certificate prepares students for the variety of issues they might face working in sustainable agriculture. The certificate consists of two core courses and a choice of electives from three content areas. The courses enable practical application of knowledge and provide engaged learning opportunities.

The certificate will help prepare students in three areas of study that are all meant to provide the student with an understanding of systems: 1) Agriculture and Sustainability--study the physical systems that impact agriculture and sustainable local food options; 2) Food and Health--examine current trends in the food industry, agriculture, and community environment in relation to food sustainability, social and nutritional health and wellness; and 3) Social and Cultural--learn how society could address the social and cultural change needed to achieve more sustainable food systems.

The certificate is open to all students admitted to degree and non-degree study at Northern Illinois University. Students must maintain good academic standing within the university. The certificate courses may also be applied to satisfy requirements for B.A. and B.S. degrees.

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