Igniting the Flame to Fight for Food Justice

Raychel Santo

Raychel Santo

Sr. Research Program Coordinator

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

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Raychel at Maryland Leadership Workshops, 2014.

I distinctly remember the first time I was introduced to the concept of a food system and all of its incredible complexities. It was overwhelming to realize that such an everyday component of our lives was connected to nearly every major social and environmental issue of today. It was equally invigorating to realize that by effecting positive change in this realm, we could potentially tackle so many problems at once.

My exposure to such thinking came about the summer before college, when, Read More >

MOOC Redux

Meg Burke

Meg Burke

Sr. Academic Program Coordinator

Center for a Livable Future

honeybeeLast week, the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future began its second session of our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). If you missed the course last year, it’s not too late to sign up for this session!

In the summer of 2012, the Johns Hopkins University partnered with Coursera, an organization that Read More >

CLF-Lerner Fellows Volunteer Day at Boone Street Farm

Patrick Baron

Patrick Baron

CLF-Lerner Fellow

Center for a Livable Future

2013-boone-street-farm-01-smallThe CLF-Lerner Fellows enjoyed a sunny Saturday afternoon last weekend volunteering in East Baltimore at Boone Street Farm, a small community farm managed by a former CLF staff member, Cheryl Carmona. We braved the brisk-not-quite-freezing weather and warmed ourselves by planting, cleaning, weeding and performing other farm tasks with Cheryl and several members of the Boone Street Farm community to help wind down the season at the farm.

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Boone Street Farm is a member of the Baltimore Farm Alliance, a network of local urban farms (including the CLF Aquaponics Project) that are dedicated to increasing the viability of urban farming in Baltimore and improving access to high quality urban-grown foods. Cheryl and the team at Boone Street Farm are doing an amazing job involving their community in the ongoing effort to transform Baltimore’s food landscape, one vacant lot at a time. Read More >

The whole chain of events: CLF meets CTY

Meg Burke

Meg Burke

Sr. Academic Program Coordinator

Center for a Livable Future

RS2878_Aquaponics_212-scrLast month the Center for a Livable Future partnered with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) to host an exciting program at Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore. The course is offered as part of CTY’s family academic series and provided an opportunity for fifth- through tenth-graders to learn about food system issues through hands-on activities. The 30 student participants, who spent the day exploring the U.S. food system through a public health lens, are among Read More >

Baltimore Montessori Students Get Down to Business

Christine Grillo

Christine Grillo

Contributing Writer

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

At Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, the lunchboxes tell the tale. Doritos are on the decline. Skittles are on the outs. And ditto for the instant soup formerly known as Cup O’ Noodles.

Over the course of the 2012–2013 school year, teacher Christina Soares Heffner has integrated lessons about the food system into her 7th and 8th adolescent community, and her students have taken these lessons to heart—or perhaps to their stomachs. Read More >

Westminster HS students don’t duck responsibility for their food

Leo Horrigan, MHS

Leo Horrigan, MHS

CLF Correspondent

Center for a Livable Future

Teacher Ruth Chamelin with students

Various elements of the food system are coming together – in a microcosmic way – on the campus of Westminster High School.

Twenty-three students in an animal care and management class spent two months raising 10 Pekin ducks from tiny chicks to roughly eight-pound adults, and then cooked them and ate them on Thursday.  Their teacher, Ruth Chamelin, was one of the beneficiaries of CLF’s Teaching the Food System Grants for Educators program.  Read More >

Newest recipient of the Cynthia and Robert Lawrence Scholarship

Center for a Livable Future

Center for a Livable Future

Cynthia Lawrence, Sadie Barr (2013 scholarship recipient), and Bob Lawrence

The Center welcomes incoming MPH student Sadie Barr into its fold. Sadie is the 2013 recipient of the Cynthia and Robert Lawrence Scholarship, which provides tuition assistance to MPH students at the Bloomberg School of Public Health whose public health interests have a direct bearing on the priorities and focus of the Center .

Sadie is looking forward to focusing her academic work on the issue of food access, and how it intersects with food choices, nutrition, and health. Read More >

Celebrate Earth Day (and Week!) at Hopkins

Raychel Santo

Raychel Santo

Sr. Research Program Coordinator

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

The JHU Community Garden

If you haven’t yet enjoyed the start of (or more accurately, the sprint into) spring with the trees blossoming, lengthening days, and sunny weekends, now is the perfect time. This Monday, April 22, marks the 43rd annual Earth Day, and people across the world are gearing up to celebrate all that the planet has to offer. Whether you’re interested in exploring ecologically sound food production, helping in trash pick-ups and tree plantings, or just “greening” your lifestyle, there are plenty of ways you can participate. To top it off, Earth Day also happens to fall on a Meatless Monday this year, which should give you an extra incentive to go meatless and think about the carbon footprint of your food choices. Read More >

Coursera Wrap-Up

Meg Burke

Meg Burke

Sr. Academic Program Coordinator

Center for a Livable Future

Our course had an above-average completion rate

Earlier this month, the Center for a Livable Future’s foray into the strange, new world of massive open online courseware came to an exciting close. On average, Coursera courses generally experience an approximate completion rate of 7 to 10 percent, but CLF’s course had a completion rate of 15 percent! By traditional classroom standards, a 15 percent completion rate may seem low—but in the end, several thousand students completed the course, earning a 75 percent or more on every quiz. Read More >

The New, Exciting World of MOOCs

Meg Burke

Meg Burke

Sr. Academic Program Coordinator

Center for a Livable Future

Last week, the Center for a Livable Future dove headfirst into the strange new world of massive open online courseware. If you haven’t yet heard of it, you are definitely missing out!

Recently, the Johns Hopkins University partnered with Coursera, an organization that aims to provide a first-class, free education to students around the world. The Bloomberg School of Public Health currently offers eight courses on the site—CLF’s is one of them. Read More >