We all know food is fuel. But it’s not just what we eat that impacts how far that fuel goes. It’s how it’s made, the stories behind the people who make it, and the policies that unfold from farm to fork. This year’s Alternative Spring Break trips, will expose students to food’s many roles in the rural culture of Taos, New Mexico, and Boston, through immersion in structured daily service excursions for one week.
Led by Isabel Thottam ’13, and Gabrielle Tassone ’12, the trip to New Mexico this year will center on volunteer work on various local farms, working with farmers in the community, and helping to educate these communities on the issues surrounding the importance of locally-grown foods. As part of their service, volunteers will learn from these community farmers about food access and nutritional health. Some of the organizations the trip members will be working with include: Tierra Lucero, Taos Pueblo, Food Not Bombs, Santa Fe Farmer’s Market and Food Corps.
This year’s Boston trip, led by Stephanie Miceli ’12, will have a special focus on urban, community-supported agriculture. Service sites include: CitySprouts, a Cambridge-based organization that supplements health education with classroom gardens; Haley House, which gives low-income individuals the opportunity to uplift themselves through culinary training; and Campus Kitchens, whose mission is to “rescue” unused food from college dining halls and deliver it to those who need it most.
Each trip will have 12 participants, two faculty/staff advisers, and one documentarian. This year, Mike Rivera ’12 will be documenting the New Mexico trip. In order to cover the cost of having two filmmakers, ASB has launched a Kickstarter campaign. ASB began documenting the trips last year, because, the group felt it was important to expose Emerson students to issues that extend past the boundaries of our campus, and inspire them to act. This experience also gives film students the opportunity to expand their portfolios with hands-on experience in the field. Watch last year’s documentary shorts on our website.
In preparation for these trips, Alternative Spring Break members will be fundraising throughout the year to cover travel and lodging costs. From October 2011–March 2012, stylists at Roffi Salon and Day Spa are offering to donate 20% of the proceeds from all hair services for Emerson students, faculty and staff to the 2012 program. Please call (617) 536-9600 to schedule an appointment. Be sure to mention Emerson ASB.
Article authored by: Stephanie Miceli ’12, Gabrielle Tassone ’12, and Isabel Thottam ’13
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