August 26, 2018 at 11:26 am

Food Studies Kicks Off Fall with Student Farm, Brewing Course

Food Studies Fall 2018 Newsletter

Tomatoes growing in the high tunnel at the Ohio Student Farm.

The high tunnel at the OHIO Student Farm.

New Name: OHIO Student Farm

The Food Studies theme and the Environmental & Plant Biology Department are excited to announce the official name change of the former Plant Biology Research Gardens to the OHIO Student Farm.

Located on West State Street, this site is still the home of the learning lab for the Plant Biology Sustainable Agriculture course, taught by Dr. Art Trese. Thes beautiful growing site provides space for students to learn in class as well as produce food for the bi-weekly Food Studies produce sales.

The bi-weekly produce sales will continue into the school year with the same hours and locations:

  • Tuesdays from noon to 2 p.m. in front of the Atrium Cafe in Grover Hall
  • Fridays from 4-6 p.m. at the OHIO Student Farm

Photo of fresh-picked carrots in a blue bucket.

Directions to the OHIO Student Farm: For GPS, enter “Plant Biology Learning Gardens.” Drive down West State Street. Pass Miller’s Chicken. Then pass several paved roads on the right; these go to the Innovation center. Right after that, there is a gravel drive on the right; turn right here and drive until the farm is on the right. Park across the drive in the field on the left.

Thank you to the wonderful OHIO Student Farm visitors this summer, including America in Bloom, the Sugar Bush Foundation trustees, and the delegation of Ghanaian Scholars from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

If you are interested in touring or volunteering with the OHIO Student Farm, please contact Allison Paolucci at or Trese at

Art Oestrike, portrait

Art Oestrike

New Fall Course: The Art of Craft Brewing

The Art of Craft Brewing: The Athens Case Study CAS 4413/5413: The last few years have seen a remarkable development of micro-breweries, not least in Athens. In this course, students learn the basics of starting a brewery and a tap-room by reference to the rich craft brewing scene in Athens.

Students also learn about how the elemental aspects of place, local traditions, fruit and indigenous yeasts are expressed in Athens’ beer-making. They study how the craft brewery movement here demonstrates a return to one of humanity’s earliest technologies, fermentation, and how liquid bread can become a catalyst for community economic development.

The Art of Craft Brewing engages students with the idea that passion for creating a new product can take anyone to success.

An Update from Alumni

Check out the awesome ways some of Food and Society Certificate recipients are biting into the food system.


An OHIO Student Farm Story by Senior Jules Scott

Food Studies Senior Jules Scott has written a beautiful story on her summer experience at the OHIO Student Farm. Click Here to read about the newest project happening on the Farm.

Students on the Food in Sicily study abroad program, using their hands to say "OU."

Students on the Food in Sicily study abroad program.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Other Food Studies Courses

  • CAS 2410: The Principles and Practice of Food Justice
  • CAS 2411: Food Matters! Explorations in Food Across the Liberal Arts
  • CAS 4911: Internship in How Food Works in the Community
  • PBIO 2060: Sustainable Agriculture
  • RHT 1200: Food and Culture
  • ML 2300: French Gastronomy: An Introduction to the History and Development of French Gastronomy
  • ANTH 4730: HUman Evolution
  • NUTR 3350: Introduction to Food Production

And many more!

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