• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• Freshmen eligible only with instructor's consent.
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


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Program Duration

Summer: Mid May - Early June

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2018  2/5/2018
The application for Summer 2018 will open October 23, 2017.

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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UW Sustainable Food Systems and Society

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The UW Sustainable Food Systems and Society program is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) in partnership with IAP.

During the 2-week field program, students will visit a wide range of agricultural producers, see their products, analyze the economic, environmental and social dimension of their production system, and understand their respective roles in contributing to food security in a country where extreme wealth and poverty coexists but remain blind to each other. Site visits include:

  • Visits to subsistence farmers with small (1-10 animals) herds of cows, sheep and/or goats. Students will see how livestock fill a local need and discuss the importance of small-scale agricultural production in relation to providing animal protein and calories to rural communities who, for the most part, cannot afford commercially available products.
  • Visits to large scale agricultural production sites where “factory-type” farms produce inexpensive products that are shipped all over the country, filling the needs of the more affluent urban populations.
  • Explore the hidden costs and benefits of both small and large-scale agricultural systems in relation to carbon footprint, immigration, building infrastructure, setting government policy, contribution to human nutrition and health, and alleviating rural and urban poverty.
  • Understand the need for both small and large-scale systems in feeding a diverse population, and respect the contribution each makes in enhancing food security.

There is no language requirement for this course, however having some knowledge of Spanish will be helpful to participants.