Nutrition Sustainability Program (This project is open to ALL Cornell University non-graduating students)

Worksite Location
CCE Warren County
Project Dates
Mid-June through mid-August, 2019 (tentative). Preferably Monday-Friday with occasional Saturday.
Faculty Sponsor
Heather Kolakowski, Operations, Technology and Information Management, The Hotel School
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Marybeth Mitcham, MPH, Nutrition, Food Safety and Healthy Living Educator, CCE Warren County
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The nutrition sustainability program in Warren County is a hands-on, kinesthetic learning opportunity that combines evidence-based research with practical application. The county in which our office resides is primarily rural, with a high percentage of low-income residents. As the rural landscape lends well to providing food, if an individual has the knowledge of how to do so, our program focuses on the farm and field to table model. We instruct community members in several vegetable gardening techniques, including planning, planting, weeding, and harvesting, as well as what to do with that produce once it is harvested. Other associative programs include food preservation and cooking classes, with an emphasis on hands-on techniques that can empower people to safely store and consume their produce.

Roles and Responsibilities

Duties will be connected to nutrition education, sustainability, variety trials, and operation of the office CSA shares. Assist Master Gardener program coordinator, Nutrition resource educator, and 4-H program leader with delivery of youth development, horticulture, and natural resources classes as needed.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Science, public health, nutrition, human ecology, willing to do hands-on activities.

Benefits and Skills

Increased understanding of food systems, public health issues, program research, design, and implementation, community needs assessments, positive youth development, and community educational engagement.