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Sustainable Food Futures

STEM Engagement for the Enrichment of Diverse Students (SEEDS)

Stipends and mentoring available to support Mesa students interested in studying food security and sustainability
 
Project activities include:
  • Co-enroll in the interdisciplinary team-taught course "Transnational approaches to Sustainable Food Futures" at SDSU (Spring 2024)
  • Work experience opportunities to conduct undergraduate research in sustainable food and agriculture (stipends available)
  • Faculty and peer mentoring for Mesa students in all disciplines
  • Transfer bridge program to SDSU and future opportunities for international field studies

These opportunities are provided as part of a new interdisciplinary educational project focused on the significance of indigenous and immigrant food and agriculture practices on both sides of the US-Mexico border and their potential to build more equitable and sustainable food systems.

The primary goal is to attract and support undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups to prepare them for careers related to the food, agriculture, and natural resources systems and sciences.

Check out SDSU's Transtional Approaches to Sustainable Food Systems website and learn about their interdisciplinary food studies minor.

 

Summer/Fall 2024 paid internships

Apply for Summer and Fall 2024

Applications due by 11:59pm on Friday, April 19: bit.ly/mesaseeds2024

Open to all majors and levels of study

  • Co-enroll in the interdisciplinary team-taught course "Transnational approaches to Sustainable Food Futures" at SDSU (Spring 2025) 
  • Work experience opportunities to conduct undergraduate research in sustainable food and agriculture (stipends available)
  • Work experience opportunities in the TerraMesa Community garden on campus
    (stipends available)
  • Transfer bridge program to SDSU and future opportunities for international field studies 

These opportunities are provided as part of:  

  • an  interdisciplinary educational project focused on the significance of Indigenous and immigrant food and agriculture practices on both sides of the US-Mexico border and their potential to build more equitable and sustainable food systems.
  • a Community Food Grant to improve and expand students’ food sovereignty through the expansion of the TerraMesa Community Garden and its programs.

The primary goal is to attract and support undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups to prepare them for careers related to the food, agriculture, and natural resources systems and sciences.

 

Interest List

Let us know if you would like to be learn more about Sustainable Food Futures at Mesa College. Complete this interest list form.
 
 
 

terramesa garden

If you would like to volunteer in the on-campus vegetable and native plant garden, complete the sign-up form. (Current days/hours are shown at the end of the sign-up form).
 
 
 

Upcoming Events

Garden 31 Workshop Series

Location: TerraMesa Community Garden

Spring Thangs
Tuesday, April 9
Time 4-7pm

Working Out the Bugs
Tuesday, April 23
Time 4-7pm

Growing Greatness
Tuesday, May 7
Time 4-7pm

 

PAST Events

2023-2024
 

Plants Power People!!! Workshop Series

Location: TerraMesa Community Garden

It All Starts with Soil
Thursday, October 19
Time 3-6pm

Plant (& People) Care
Thursday, November 9
Time 3-6pm

Why We Do This: An Approach to Regenerative Agriculture
Thursday, December 14
Time 2-5pm

 
San Diego County Food Vision 2030 with Rachel Oporto and Lakisha McZeal

Tuesday, November 14
Time 11:10am to 12:35pm
SB-114

  
 
Better Food Futures: The Development of Algae as a Source of Alternative Proteins
Flyer

Friday, October 27
Time 3:30-4:30pm
SDSU AL 101

Sustainable Food Futures Info Session
Flyer

Tuesday, October 10
Time 11:30am-12pm
In-person: SB-114 or on zoom: bit.ly/terramesazoom

Black Farmers: Past to Present
A Black Studies and Cultural Geography Collaboration
Flyer

Thursday, October 5
Time 11:10am to 12:35pm
Avanza Center, I4-202

 
2022-2023
 
SDSU Geography/Better Food Futures Colloquium

Climate Change Impacts and Opportunities for California’s Natural and Working Lands: The Role of the USDA Climate Hubs

Friday, October 28
3:30pm to 4:30pm
SDSU Storm Hall 119

Steven Ostoja will overview the mission of the USDA Climate Hub to enable climate information decision making for farmers, ranchers and foresters to ensure resilience for the state's natural and working lands, and discuss opportunities for engagement and collaboration for students and faculty.

 
Tending to Community: Poetry in the Mesa Garden
Tuesday, November 8
11:10am-12:35pm
See the flyer for details
 
 
SDSU Geography/Better Food Futures Colloquium

Hunger, Survivance, and Imaginative Futures: A Racial Analysis of the "Right to Food”

Friday, February 17
3:30pm to 4:30pm
SDSU Storm Hall 316

In this talk I explore how the U.S. government has used agricultural, food and nutrition, and urban planning policies to deny food to communities of color.

Adam Pine, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Minnesota Duluth

 

Women in Agriculture: Who Grows Your Food Matters

Hybrid Event:
LRC-435
Pre-register for zoom link: bit.ly/mesa-ag-panel
Tuesday, March 7
11:10am-12:35pm
 

Women farmers will discuss their career paths in agriculture, share their insights on finding success in a male-dominated field, and talk about their contributions to the local food system. In the United States, women are underrepresented in agriculture in part due to patriarchal inheritance structures and current cultural barriers. This talk will address these challenges by listening to from women farmers at different stages of their careers. By hearing directly from producers, the students will have a better understanding of the local food system and ways to make it more equitable.

This event is organized in support of Women's History Month through a collaboration between the Sustainable Food Futures grant and the Women Studies Advisory Committee. See the flyer for more details.

San Diego Alt Protein Summit
Free registration available

Tuesday, April 4
Time 4pm
Aztec Student Union (SDSU Campus)

 
Native Climate Sciences: (Re)turning the Gaze on Invasive Species of Thought
Flyer

Monday, April 10
Time 3-8pm
Aztec Student Union (SDSU Campus)


Pop-Up Botánica: Enduring Mesoamerican Medicine
Flyer

Tuesday, April 18
Time 11am-4pm
Native and Indigenous Healing Garden/Scripps Cottage (SDSU Campus)

 
SDSU Geography/Better Food Futures Colloquium

Presentation by Sona Desai, San Diego Food System Alliance

Friday, April 21
Time TBD
Location on the SDSU Campus TBD

 

Mesa College Research Conference

Research presentations by SEEDS Scholars

Friday, May 12
Time TBD
M&S Building Lobby

 
 

Contact

Coordinator Waverly Ray, wray@sdccd.edu
 
 
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