2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Community Planning: The Future of the Organic Farm

NEW! Last Updated: 08/22/2008

Spring quarter

Faculty: Jennifer Gerend land use planning, Karen Gaul sustainability, anthropology

Major areas of study include land use planning, anthropology and sustainability studies.

Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.

The Evergreen State College Organic Farm is ready to grow, and our students will help plan its future. We will tackle real-world questions about the role of the Farm in the larger campus community. Who are the stakeholders? What are the range of viewpoints and values related to the future expansion of the Farm? Where should expansion take place? How should the existing land at the Farm be used? What is the role of the Farm in campus food sustainability? Exploration of these and other questions will aid the development of the Master Plan for the Organic Farm and ultimately inform the Farm building design process.

We will use community planning and ethnographic methods to gather and synthesize diverse information, viewpoints and values related to the future expansion of the farm. The overall goal of this program is to give students the skills and experience in the community master planning process. Students will gain project management skills and learn ways to involve stakeholders in a community planning project, such as through focus groups and planning charrettes. Students will work with both the Evergreen community as well as off-campus stakeholders. The documentation of this community planning process will be an important component of the program. Students will learn to manage and analyze data, and to collectively write a final report of their findings, which will be a valuable contribution to the Farm development process. This program presents a unique opportunity for dedicated students to be a part of a real campus planning project. It will be especially valuable for students interested in continuing with the project through the design phase in future program work.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 48

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in planning, community organizing and sustainability.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Environmental Studies

Program Revisions

Date Revision
August 22nd, 2008 This is a new program for spring 2009, not printed in the catalog.