Everyone loves a good story: a good story means good writing. Since Dr. Patti and I completed my doctoral journey, we’ve developed a new appreciation for writing. We earned our writing chops, but writing is an evolving skill.
For example, I push myself to try different forms of writing: blogging, academic, copy writing, drafting proposals for conferences and fellowships, and emails. But another form of writing that I see too often is bad writing. Let’s talk about why scholars need a clue about good writing.
Continue reading “Why Scholars Need a Clue About Good Writing: Part I”
When I first thought about my dissertation, I floundered around for ideas on a research topic. I waffled between different ideas such as water conservation, animal-human relationships, transition town creation, social justice, and sustainability. Qualities of my study had to be:
- Something I was passionate about (passion is key because I’d be stuck working on one idea for many years running).
- Something relevant to the world (I didn’t want my research to sit on the shelf collecting dust in a dark corner of the library).
- Something that contributes to the existing knowledge (Yes, I wanted to add another spoke to the wheel of knowledge).
I discovered that urban food policy had all these qualities. But my real challenge was to answer the questions “So what? Who cares?”
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The face of rural farming is changing. Women farmers in developing nations are critical to life and survival in rural communities. But the gender gap continues to fuel hunger:
- Laws and traditions prevent women from owning and inheriting land.
- Women own smaller, poor quality land, resulting in less productive crops.
- Women have limited access to quality seeds, fertilizers and equipment.
If given similar resources as men, women could reduce hunger by 150 million people.
Continue reading “Who Can Feed 150M People? Women Farmers Can”
In reality, we’re all bad at something, probably many things. For example, I’m bad at cooking, but I discovered how to bake a cheesecake from scratch. When I started my doctoral journey, I had no idea that writing could be so complicated. I wasn’t a bad writer, but I had bad writing habits. And writing is at the heart of your dissertation program. What can you learn from being bad at something?
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November is World Vegan Month. In celebration of food, let’s talk about vegan dining at academic conferences. An academic wrote about the food choices at a small conference. The menu served only deli meat sandwiches, and the academic was a vegan. The person asked for a meat-free meal and was told it was “neither important nor possible.”
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Welcome back to Today’s Policies – Tomorrow’s Food. To learn about food policy, we should understand its basic concepts. I won’t bore you with food policy jargon, but some knowledge of food policy concepts is useful. Food policy might seem intangible, but it is critical to our survival. This week’s FP 101 series is a guide to food policy concepts.
Continue reading “Food Policy 101: Part 2”
I found an interesting blog about teaching in a non-traditional setting: prison. Three academics challenged themselves to team-teaching undergraduates in prison. Rebuilding your teaching style can be a wonderful learning experience.
Continue reading “Teaching Tips: Prison and Organic Classrooms”