Farmer for a semester; decoding the science of nutrition through experiential learning
September 13, 2010

Nourishment. Lifestyle choices. Long-term health. Understanding these concepts has never been more enjoyable than for UNT students enrolled in the Introduction to Nutrition Science class. In this university core course, students decode the science of nutrition through experiential labs designed to teach concepts such as nutrient absorption, body metabolism, and diet adequacy.

Inspired by poet and farmer Wendell Berry, many of the labs, developed by Dr. Priscilla Connors an associate professor in hospitality management, help students to view eating as an agricultural act. In the 'Farmer for a Semester' lab, students are required to be active participants in a sustainable food system by growing something of nutritional value. According to Connors, concern for our agricultural heritage is not a new idea, but "many students have never experienced the satisfaction of growth and harvest." The Introduction to Nutrition Science class satisfies a portion of the Natural Sciences requirement of the UNT core curriculum.

 

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