Submitted by Jacob, Cho, Kyle and Eric of the “Hunger in the City” Capstone, Spring 2013
After leading multiple field trips on the farm at Sauvie Island Center, our group agrees that promoting social justice and educational equity stand at the forefront of this course work. Empowering children of all backgrounds to take control of the foods they eat is crucial to the success of social justice. Allowing students this choice not only promotes agency, but also allows for healthier options to be put on the table and in their bodies. By attending field trips students are able to see the process that goes into farming.
This may be the only opportunity for children of lower economic backgrounds to see a farm of this scale, while many of their peers from wealthier socioeconomic backgrounds are able to attend multiple field trips yearly. This allows for educational equity by providing every student with the same opportunities and not just providing these trips to students who are from a wealthier economic status.
After experiencing the field trips, we agree that the hands on approach to learning should be implemented whenever possible. This hands on approach has inspired us to utilize this same mentality when working with children in our everyday lives, allowing them to be leaders—in a sense—of their own educational and health decisions. While loosely guiding the students, this allows for a more peer-to-peer based learning style, as opposed to a lecture style or demanding style of learning.