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This semester long course will move through theories of organizing by Saul Alinsky, Paulo Freire, Myles Horton, and Gary Delgado to allow students to develop their own approach to organizing.  In the second half of the semester, we will look at different types of movements and how they engage with the powerful.  We will look at the Civil Rights Movement, The Zapatista Movement, and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston to discover the myriad of ways of leveraging change.  Students will leave the class with a comprehensive knowledge of social movement strategy and tactics that they will be able to immediately put to use in their work on the ground.

Popular education is the most important tool in movement work. Popular education was developed in resistance to traditional education that sees the teacher as the knowing-subject and the student as the passive recipient of knowledge. Instead, the job of teaching is the facilitate the creation of learning communities win which teachers and students learn from each other. Teachers become teacher-students and students become student-teachers.  This devolves the power away from the teacher and creates a democratic learning environment where everyone contributes equally.

This course takes an ecosystem approach to the study of urban gardens with an organic perspective. Topics include fundamentals of horticulture, soil properties and fertility, pest and disease management, and food preservation. Laboratories include methods in garden design, plant propagation, compost technique, soil preparation, irrigation systems, pest management, individual or group projects, demonstrations, and discussions.

The course also studies how urban food production interacts with social, cultural, and political dimensions of the urban environment. We examine the historic and contemporary forces driving urban agriculture, and the ways that it contributes to processes of gentrification, food security, biodiversity, energy conservation, job creation, human health, and well being. We also discuss the importance of urban agriculture for food and restorative justice movements.