Fall 2021 Co-Learning Lab

"Thank you so much for hosting this learning lab this past semester. I really enjoyed the discussions and met some new and interesting people!"  -  Fall 2020 Co-Learning Lab participant

Co-Learning Lab

Co-Learning Lab Archive 2020-2021
Fall 21 Co-Learning Lab. Alternative Farming Practices.  Tuesdays at 6 on Zoom.

This semester DCF is excited to offer Co-Learning Labs Tuesday's at 6pm on Zoom. We invite people of all different backgrounds and disciplines to contribute to our discussions of media pieces that allow us to unpack what it means to do food systems work. 

November. 2021 Co-Learning Labs

  • November 2 - No Till and Settler Colonialism
    • In this lab we will discuss no-till farming techniques and the link between tillage, soil exhaustion and ongoing settler colonialism

  • November 9 - Milpa: an Indiginous Intensive Farming Technique

    • In this lab we will discuss intensive farming that revolves around soil health and resilience, the Indiginous and Black origins of Milpa, and soil ecology

  • November 30 - Seed Saving as Food Soveriegnty

    • In this lab we will discuss the cultural importance of seed saving, food sovereignty and the stories seeds can tell. We'll also give a few technical examples of seed saving a present what we learned from the CFSA seed farming workshop.

Pre-Lab Materials for Tuesday November 23rd Seed Saving as Food Soveriegnty:

Gardening is Important, But Seed Saving is Crucial - Civil Eats

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Zoom Link for this week's Co-Learning Lab


About Co-Learning Lab

Co-Learning Lab is an effort by AmeriCorps Member and Food & Environmental Education Associate  Abijah Gattis to further Duke Campus Farm's mission to inspire the widest possible audience to create positive change in the food system. 

The premise of Co-Learning Lab is that we all read a brief selection of articles, shows, podcasts, or videos. These are meant to be relatively informal texts in the style of something you might engage with in your free time.

Co-Learning Lab is designed to give folks the opportunity to learn more about food systems and food justice in an informal yet structured environment where you can learn in public and make mistakes.This space is open to everyone. Students, staff, faculty, community members, farmers, future farmers, food workers, people who have formal environmental education who want to know more about food justice, organizers and people interested in social justice who want to expand their work/knowledge to food and food systems, people who want to know more about how food inequality affects them, folks who want to dream big about the future of our food systems with people from diverse backgrounds and opinions.  Labs operate on the idea that everyone has expertise and perspectives to bring to the conversation from life, education, work, and other experiences.

In each Lab we use the Characteristics of White Supremacy as a starting point to address white supremacy, anti blackness, and anti-indeginious racism in our food systems and in food systems work.