Hands in the Soil: Experiential Education at the Urban Farm
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This thesis serves to examine to current status of experiential education within institutions of higher education in the United States, focusing on the Urban Farm at the University of Oregon. It begins with an introduction to the project and an explanation of the personal relevance of this project in the author's academic experience. This is followed by a foundational look at experiential education and its role in university settings. After examining the learning side of the equation, attention turns to the University of Oregon Urban Farm itself, giving a history and overview of the program. This is followed by a quick glance at case studies of other student farming programs. These topics are then combined and the efficacy of the Urban Farm is measured by standards of experiential education. The study concludes with a look to the future of this program and place and provides suggestions for ensuring the success of the Urban Farm moving forward, understanding the importance of the Urban Farm an a potential antidote to current political and environmental crises.