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July 30, 2018 at 1:46 pm

Food Studies and OHIO Student Farm Host Ghanaian Scholars

Ghanaian delegation tours OHIO Student Farm, posing among the flowers in the garden

Ghanaian delegation tours OHIO Student Farm

The Food Studies theme recently hosted a delegation of faculty and graduate students from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana at the OHIO Student Farm.

The scholars were here to study service-learning in rural Appalachia. After a film presentation about Food Studies and discussion with students, they toured the Student Farm, learning about the ways the interdisciplinary Food Studies theme promotes experiential learning and engages undergraduates with the greater Athens and regional community.

The scholars, led by Dr. Michael Boakye-Yiadom, a 2012 alum of Ohio University’s higher education administration Ph.D. program, were especially interested in the edible plant and medicinal herb garden created by Food Studies senior Jules Scott.


The delegation’s goal was to understand the culture and economics of southeastern Ohio and how the university partners with the community to meet the needs of the area.

Art Trese talks about the soil at the Student Farm, shown here with a handful of dirt.

Art Trese talks about the soil at the Student Farm.

Dr. Art Trese, Associate Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology, discussed the community workshops held at the farm and partnerships with local organizations such as Community Food Initiatives.

While in Athens, the Ghanaian scholars also attended sessions on Appalachian culture and food insecurity, toured the Southeast Ohio region, and participated in service projects such as packing food boxes at the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank in Logan.

Food studies graphic, with outlines of eggplant, tomato, corn, etc.

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