About the Concentration
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Practicum Experiences
Sustainable Food

Practicum Experiences

The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability (CEEDS) will partner with various food-related organizations to create meaningful internship experiences for Smith students. Ideally, students will participate in the day-to-day activities of the organization and also focus on a particular issue or challenge that is relevant to the partner organization and of interest to the student. Potential projects vary tremendously and touch on many disciplines.

Practicum Requirements

For a list of requirements for the practicum, please visit Practicum Requirements.

Partner Organizations

Some local and potential partner organizations and their missions are listed below.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)

South Deerfield, MA
A nonprofit organization that strives to connect people to local farms by promoting farm product markets, farming infrastructure and improved farm business practices. This organization started the "Local Hero" buy local program, the senior farm share program to bring local produce to senior citizens, and promotes the creation of local wholesale markets with institutional buyers. CISA also provides technical assistance to farmers and farm education to schools.

Nuestras Raices

Holyoke, MA
A grassroots organization that uses gardening and farming to promote economic, human, and community development in Holyoke. The organization organizes community gardens throughout the city, runs an urban farm, promotes agricultural and food based businesses, sponsors youth leadership programs, and sponsors environmental education.

American Farmland Trust

National office in Washington, D.C.; New England office in Northampton, MA
A nonprofit organization that works to protect farm and ranch land. This organization works at national, state and local policy levels.

Oxfam International

Boston, MA
An international group of independent non-governmental organizations that work to redress poverty and social injustice worldwide. Specifically, Oxfam has an agricultural campaign that focuses on agricultural policy, especially as it pertains to women and their role as small producers and waged agricultural workers.

The Farm School

Athol, MA
Provides educational programs for children and teachers on farming and natural history. The Farm School also operates community supported agriculture.

Grow Food Northampton/Bean & Allard Farm

Northampton, MA (also other local growers/community supported agriculture operations, such as Natural Roots, Conway MA (one of the owners is a Smith alumna), Red Fire Farm, Granby, MA or Happy Valley Organic Cooperative, Whately, MA)
A community farm/CSA that provides a local supply of food and farm and food based educational programs, including cooking, food preservation, and programs for school children. Other community farms in the region are located in Waltham, North Amherst, Natick and Burlington, VT.

Various Food Markets

Big Y Markets (Springfield, MA)/Stop & Shop (Boston, MA)
Regional supermarket chains; River Valley Market Coop (Northampton) and ethnic specialty food stores.

Farm to School Network Urban & Environmental Policy Institute

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Farm to School connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers. Supported in part by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Hatfield, MA
Works in the community to reduce hunger and increase food security. Serves as a clearinghouse that connects and fulfills the needs of food industry donors, hunger-relief agencies, and, most importantly, our region's hungry citizens. The Food Bank works with many other organizations that run meal sites, food pantries, homeless shelters, childcare centers and elder programs.