School for Urban Agriculture Summer 2020 Update
July 15, 2020
The School for Urban Agriculture (SUA) is a collaborative effort of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) and Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC), Rooted (formerly the Center for Resilient Cities and Community GroundWorks), and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI). Back in 2018, MFAI was involved with SUA to assist with content and learning experiences for students taking the two FISC courses at UW-Madison – Introduction to Urban Agriculture Class (FISC075-1) and Farming in the City (FISC075-2).
Now entering year 3 of the project, MFAI continues to participate in bi-weekly SUA Project Team meetings by providing insight on food policy issues and connections to pre-college programs. In July, members from the SUA Project Team collaborated with Tom Browne, Senior Assistant Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and staff from the Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) Program to host two, 35-minute presentations for rising seniors participating in the PEOPLE Program’s summer internship. For the first presentation, MFAI staff, Donale Richards, delivered the first presentation on Food Policy regarding events that followed COVID-19. During the presentation, Donale spoke on how funding decisions from Congress impact state and municipal governments, agricultural businesses and non-governmental organizations. The second presentation was delivered by Rooted staff, Sarah Karlson, Sheena Tesch and Nicholas Leete, speaking on community-based initiatives that have encouraged collaborations among various players in the food system.
The SUA Project Team will continue to work with Tom Browne and PEOPLE Program staff to plan for the summer 2021 internship program, with the hope of in-person instruction. For more information on the SUA project, please visit the new website.