First Year Seminar students learn about local sustainable foods at Greenfield Village

October 23, 2009

Cathy Cwiek, second from left, manager of The Henry Ford’s historic foodways and domestic life programs, tours Greenfield Village’s working gardens and sustainable food projects with UM-Dearborn students and economics Prof. Bruce Pietrykowski, far left, on Oct. 14. The tour included stops at several of the village’s working farms, including the fields, house and barn of Harvey Firestone.

DEARBORN / Oct. 23, 2009---Cathy Cwiek, manager of The Henry Ford’s historic foodways and domestic life programs, gave a tour on Oct. 14 of Greenfield Village’s working gardens and sustainable food projects to students in the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s “Fast Food Nation” First Year Seminar course, which encourages students to engage critically with the world of food from farm to mouth.     

The tour included stops at several of the village’s working farms, including the fields, house and barn of Harvey Firestone, where students learned about the crops, livestock and agricultural activities of the 1880s.    

“Too few of our students know that The Henry Ford is in the forefront of the local and sustainable food movement in southeastern Michigan,” said UM-Dearborn economics Prof. Bruce Pietrykowski, who teaches the seminar.  “This field trip gave students the opportunity to learn about the historical roots of that movement.  In addition, Susan Schmidt, director of food services, and Chef Nick Seccia discussed current efforts to support locally sourced food production in a way that successfully addresses the needs of small farmers and the demands of food service providers.”  

UM-Dearborn’s First Year Seminars are small classes developed exclusively for first year students by some of the university’s best faculty members.  Seminar topics reflect each instructor’s expertise, but also fulfills at least one distribution requirement for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.  Many seminars are linked with a Composition class.  Pietrykowski’s course is linked with Composition 105 taught by Joann Riley, lecturer in composition, who joined the group on the village tour.

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