Threshing with Tolstoy, Baking with Apicus: Liberal Arts Made Better by Grain
The Yale Farm’s grain field (a.k.a. The World’s Smallest Grain Field) has attracted 13 courses from 11 different academic departments ranging from Ecology & Evolutionary Biology to History and Russian Literature. Faculty and students have found pressing reasons to visit the grain field and experience first-hand the plant anatomy, growing methods, and processing techniques of several different grains. More than any other crop group at the Yale Farm, grains have the power to illustrate larger trends in human history and inquiry. Come hear about what brings such a diverse academic audience to grain, and discuss how this enthusiasm might open up new avenues in our efforts to stir up popular interest in grain.
Jeremy Oldfield has been the Farm Manager at the Yale Sustainable Food Program since 2012. He coordinates a growing number of internships and fellowships that introduce students, faculty, and community members to the principles of sustainable agriculture on the Yale Farm. He holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.F.A. from the Bennington College Writing Seminars.