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Tuesday, October 10 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Placing Local Food Access Issues into a Global Context (45 mins)

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I led service- learning/ civic engagement programs at several universities before assuming a faculty position within the Department of History & Philosophy at Virginia State University. Among the courses that I teach is World Regional Geography. My approach to teaching it is thematic and Food is one of the nine themes of the course.

Virginia State University is in Petersburg. A small city situated south of Richmond that was historically home to a large free Black community prior to the Civil War. Deindustrialization in the 1970s and 1980s left the small city facing severe economic issues, rising crime, and health disparities. Lacking access to fresh, affordable foods, Petersburg has reached USDA food desert status.

In this Lightning Session presentation, I will present 1) very brief description of the community gardening initiative history 2) the broader response and support from across the university to the initiative and 3) how it transforms my own individual coursework in Geography allowing students to place local food access issues into a global context and to encourage attendees to pursue such partnerships.


Anne-Marie Turnage

Instructor, Virginia State University

Tuesday October 10, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Colorado A

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