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Author: Gretchen Kaufman, DVM

OCW One Health, 2008
G. Kaufman, DVM
Tufts University

1. Sustainable Agriculture Class 11

1.1. Field trip to university farm operations to conduct interviews and see a farm in operation

See details on the farms

View university seminars on Farming for the Future

BRING/WEAR:

  1. clothes you don't mind getting dirty (coveralls would be good, but not required)

  2. rubber cleanable boots or heavy shoes  (plastic booties will also be available to go over shoes) ; we will need to change or disinfect shoes between farms

  3. layered outerwear, e.g. down or fleece vest, windproof outer jacket, hat and gloves ; barns are generally warm, but outside viewing of the manure pit (oh boy) might be cold, especially if there is a wind

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

  1. Leave from promptly at noon (i.e. get there before noon!); Box lunches will be provided for the drive up.  We will carry on a discussion on the bus about stakeholders

  2. Arrive farm offices by 1:30

  3. Drive to the Organic Dairy and have a tour (this is 5 miles away) - 1 hour

  4. Return for a tour of the Conventional Dairy - 1 hour

  5. Conduct discussion and question/answer session - 1hour

  6. Leave at 4:30 for return

1.1.1. Class Activity

  • Observe farm operations and interview farm workers.

  • Questions - final draft (see Supplementary Material folder for list of questions)

1.2. Assignments

Assignments due next week:

1.2.1. General:

  • Organize data from field trip and post (see Supplementary Material folder for notes, including images, from field trip)

  • Continue to work on VUE map for final presentation

  • Revise and finalize glossary/concepts to everyone's agreement

  • Convert questions into hypothesis to put on the map

1.2.2. eJournal assignment:

None

1.2.3. Reading assignment:

None