Farm and Food Systems offers “Inside-Out” sustainable agriculture classes at Franklin County House of Corrections

Farm and Food Systems offers “Inside-Out” sustainable agriculture classes at Franklin County House of Corrections

Beginning fall 2014, GCC’s Farm & Food Systems option will be offering “Inside-Out” classes inside the Franklin County House of Corrections. “Outside” students will be taking these classes alongside incarcerated students.

Classes can be taken for credit, or credit-free through our Office of Community Education. A special application and interview process is required. Current students should contact their advisors to register; new or credit-free students should use the contact information below to reserve a spot. For more information about Farm and Food Systems, contact Abrah Dresdale, dresdalea@gcc.mass.edu. For more information about the Inside-Out program, seeĀ www.insideoutcenter.org.

AGR 114 Creating Farm & Food Cooperatives (1 credit)
Explores cooperative member-owned business models (co-ops) and their various forms of democratic ownership with a focus on the local food economy. Students form groups and receive mentorship in creating their own co-op enterprise with the goals of strengthening food security, sustainability, and/or food access. Interactive workshops and guest speakers inform students’ understanding of the local food economy in the Pioneer Valley.
Class meets 5:30pm-8:20pm Tuesdays 10/7 – 11/11 inside the Franklin County House of Corrections. No class on 11/4.
There is a special application and interview process; permission of the instructor or Education Director at FCHC is required. For more information, contact Andrew Stachiw at andrew@toolboxfored.org

EVS 101 Issues in Sustainability (3 credits)
An introduction to basic concepts and principles in ecology including ecosystems, population, food production, energy, pollution, technology, and resource depletion. The course focuses on people’s impact on the natural environment emphasizing current problems and alternative solutions to them.
Class meets 10am-5pm Sundays (with 3 breaks) from 10/26 – 12/14 inside the Franklin County House of Corrections.
There is a special application and interview process; permission of the instructor or Education Director at FCHC is required. For more information, contact Charlie Laurel at calaurel@sover.net