Academic Collaborations


The Duke Campus Farm is proud to teach credit-bearing courses that engage traditional pedagogies and experiential learning. In addition to teaching our own courses, the Duke Campus Farm collaborates with faculty across campus to make the farm a dynamic classroom. Connect with us to initiate a course collaboration or site visit. 



ENVIRON 755: Community-Based Environmental Management (CBEM)

Duke Campus Farm is collaborating with ENVIRON 755: Community-Based Environmental Management (CBEM). The goal of the course is to provide students with fundamental theory and methods that will allow them to identify some of the potential problems and pitfalls associated with community-based environmental management (CBEM) initiatives, both domestically and internationally, along with tools necessary to create and manage their own projects.

The CBEM project team working with us will address the following question: What is the experience of paid student farm crew members at the Duke Campus Farm?

Through interviews and participant observation, our student partner will interact directly with core members of our full-time staff, current students, alumni, and possibly additional campus/community stakeholders whom the farm directly serves.

GSF 366: Nature, Culture and Gender

Duke Campus Farm Director, Saskia Cornes will be leading the course titled "Nature, Culture, and Gender" in the spring of 2020. The course will examine human identity through a consideration of its boundaries.

Do women view nature differently than men?
GSF 366 Course

What are the limits of the human in the context of the Anthropocene, an era defined by overwhelming human influence on the planet?

What role can feminist and queer theory can play in understanding new formulations of "nature/culture"?

What can gender studies contribute to techno-scientific understandings of a changing climate?

The class will take on these and many other questions through readings in literature and theory, and experiential learning with the Duke Campus Farm.


ENV 245: Theory & Practice of Sustainability

Welcoming Animals to the Duke Campus Farm: A Feasibility Study

What are the barriers and opportunities to integrating livestock at the Duke Campus Farm?

Approaching its tenth year of production, the Duke Campus Farm (DCF) has evolved from a student-led idea to a fully-fledged institution at Duke, focused on curricular and co-curricular programming. Within this evolution the Farm has quadrupled in size and shifted its focus from the production of sustainably-grown vegetables to a robust food systems curriculum across varied disciplines at Duke. The Farm is enlisting the help of a motivated student team in determining the physical, administrative and unforeseen barriers to integrating livestock into farm operations. Information gleaned from DCF stakeholders (Duke Forest, Board of Advisors, Sustainable Duke, etc) will be pivotal in gauging the support of Duke at large for livestock production at DCF. Primary animal stock investigated should be laying hens, with an open mind towards other species. Expansion into livestock production could position the DCF for greater exposure and broader academic engagement as its program continues to evolve. Gathering and evaluating opinions and ideas from a diverse range of faculty collaborators would aid DCF staff in formulating this vision of the future.