Summer Food Institute
Barnard’s 2-Week Summer Food Institute introduces students to the U.S food system, examining food production, distribution, consumption, and waste management through four key lenses: agriculture; health, policy and justice; food systems and climate change; and soil health. Each week, students will explore farms all across the city and New York state to learn hands-on from farmers growing our food. The program will invite experts and professionals from each unit to guide student's learning experience. Students will take a deep dive into each of these units to imagine a food system that produces food in an ecologically mindful way while supporting our communities and the planet.
- Agriculture: Students will explore how sustainable farming practices are applied in a real world environment, and have the opportunity to work hands-on at a local farm.
- Health, policy and justice: Students will research and analyze food policies and with a focus on health and wellness, food recovery efforts and food insecurity initiatives in NYC.
- Food systems and climate change: Students will evaluate how climate change is putting our food systems at risk and contribution of agriculture to climate change, as well as to climate solutions.
- Soil Health: Healthy soil is the foundation of productive, sustainable agriculture. Students will evaluate the three components of soil health which include soil coverage, biodiversity and composting, and soil disturbance.
- Final project: The students will get an opportunity to choose a unit of interest and culminate a final project.
This program is open to rising sophomores, juniors in seniors in highschool.
Residential Cost: $6,040
Commuter Cost: $5,182
Tuition must be paid in full by May 26th. There will be no refunds after June 15th, 2023.