LIST OF COURSES
- Community Food Systems PLAC 5500-003
- Group Facilitation PLAN 5580-002
- Farmers Markets and Applied Food Systems Research PLAC 5500-001
Community Food Systems (PLAC 5500-003) – Spring Semester
Food system planning is an emerging and cutting edge field within planning that is commanding greater national attention every year. The Department of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia offers several courses on food system planning. Tanya Denckla Cobb and Timothy Beatley launched this area of study in Spring 2006 with a graduate course that is also open to upper level undergraduates.
The courses offered are Planning Applications Courses (PLAC), in which students take on semester-long team projects that apply planning skills to real community issues in the greater Charlottesville region or elsewhere in Virginia. Students are required to incorporate community engagement into their projects, learning from community members to inform and shape their project findings and community-based recommendations. Student projects are very demanding, requiring self-discipline, creativity, ingenuity, team-work and perseverance.
A number of different food system planning courses have been developed over the years, and currently one is offered every spring semester, along with a Morven Summer Institute course. Graduate students therefore have the opportunity to take at least three of these over the course of their two-year program. Undergraduate planners who continue into the graduate program may have time to take more than three courses. For each course, students will be assigned different readings and community-based projects.
Through their course work, students have contributed to building knowledge about the local food system in the greater Charlottesville and other areas. Their work is presented at the end of every semester to the community.
More Information and Food System Course Resources:
- Course Descriptions and Student Work
- Food Policy Audit - a free tool for public use developed and tested in 2010
- Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture
- School of Engineering course on food: podcasts, resources, and local information