Duke Campus Farm Catalyzing positive change in the food system

Duke Campus Farm

For Faculty

The Duke Campus Farm works with faculty from across the university; whatever your discipline, food fuels the work that you do.

Please consider the Duke Campus Farm an enthusiastic collaborator in your teaching and research, whether you bring your students out to the farm, whether the farm comes to your classroom, or whether the farm becomes your classroom.

Beyond food, food systems and sustainable agriculture, we’re particularly interested in the following topic areas: land history/plantation history/environmental history; cotton, tobacco and other Columbian exchange crops (okra, sweet potatoes); food justice/food access; waste, compost, waste studies; (farm) systems thinking and critical food studies; wilderness ethic and new agrarianism; pastoral/georgic as literary modes; environmental arts – photography, nature writing; the Farm Bill and food and ag policy. We welcome your ideas, thoughts and collaboration on these or other topics.

If you are asking your students to come to one of our regularly scheduled work days as a requirement for your class, or if you’re considering a new collaboration, please fill out and return this simple Memorandum of Understanding to Dr. Saskia Cornes, saskia.cornes@duke.edu. This helps us ensure the best experience for your students, and also to track collaborations for funding purposes.

Free transit is provided between the farm and Duke Campus for all Duke affiliates. See here for more details.

Working with you is part of our mission, so please don’t hesitate to reach out at any stage of the planning process.

Past course collaborations include:

  • Dirk Philipsen (Kenan Center for Ethics) – “Denial, Faith and Reason”
  • Monica Huerta (Women’s Studies) – “Imagining Slavery and Gender”
  • Priscilla Wald, Jedediah Purdy, Dan Richter and Saskia Cornes (English/Law/Nicholas School/Gender Sexuality and Feminism) – “Environment in Literature, Law and Science”
  • Charlie Thompson (Cultural Anthropology) – “The Politics of Food”
  • Kelly Alexander (Thompson Writing Program) – “Food Writing”
  • Dan Richter (Nicholas School) – “Soils and Ecosystems”
  • Chantal Reid (Nicholas School) – “What are We Eating?”
  • Melissa Simmermeyer (Romance Studies) – “Food Production and Consumption in North Carolina and Peru”
  • Charlotte Clark – “Sustainability in Theory and Practice”
  • Norman Wirzba (Divinity) – “Food, Eating and the Life of Faith”
  • Michaeline Crichlow (African American Studies) – “Piggin’ Out: The Cultural Politics of Food”

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