Food Culture in the US Class Visits Zena Farm

American Studies Program (ASP) students in the American Studies I – Food Culture in the United States, taught by Willamette professor Jennifer Johns, along with the Applied English course, taught by professor Charisa Henckel, visited Willamette University’s Zena Forest and Farm on a class field trip in mid-September.

In this course, the students study altregional differences in food production across the United States.  They begin the semester with a comparison of the dominant industrial agricultural system with sustainable agricultural practices and revisit these concepts as they investigate food production in each region of the country.  They will also make an analysis of traditional and contemporary American values, social institutions, and means of expression.

The students visited Zena Forest and Farm to gain a clear understanding of sustainable agricultural practices.  At Zena, they observed many components of organic farming, such as drip irrigation, crop rotation, cover cropping and composting.  They also got their hands dirty with some real farm work, harvesting Yukon Gold and Pink Fingerling potatoes.

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Students Volunteer at the Straub Environmental Center

Nine students participating in the American Studies Program had the opportunity to volunteer on August 26 at the Straub Environmental Center.   The students pulled weeds and helped out in the community garden,  They got a chance to taste some of the vegetables that were ripe!

They also helped work on an exciting art project.  The center is creating a 3D mosaic mural. Students were able to create model male and female Chinook and Chum salmon from clay and paint them as well.  The pieces will be part of the mural which will be dedicated on October 12.

The volunteer coordinators were great to work with and very helpful.  Students had a great time and are invited to come back to the dedication in October. 

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2013 Kaneko Day Camp Successful

altForty-six local kids attended this year's Kaneko Day Camp (KDC) in August and it was a big success!  KDC is a 4-day cultural camp put on by students in the American Studies Program at Willamette University and TIUA.  They serve as the camp counselors and teachers.  They spend many hours planning the class content and activities and creating the necessary accompanying materials. The hallways were decorated, as well as the various classrooms. The camp started August 5 with check-in and soon all the campers had met their teachers and were having fun getting to know about Japan.  There were classes in origami, songs, games, language, calligraphy, and dance.

On Thursday, the last day of camp, parents and other family members came to walk visit the classrooms to see the work that the campers had done, enjoy bento lunches, and watch the campers perform a dance and some taiko drumming.

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