Food, Farm, and Field

Undergraduate Summer Food Studies Intensive

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Online/on-campus course runs June 16–August 2

Chatham students:

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Non-Chatham students:

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Non-degree student application (for both for-credit and no-credit options)

Earn up to nine credits in Food Studies and Sustainability

Interested in food and food systems? Want to earn college credit while enjoying an unforgettable residence on one of Pittsburgh's most remarkable campuses?

The Food, Farm, and Field Food Studies Summer Intensive program consists of three interdisciplinary, hands-on, college-level courses, presented simultaneously, that form the basis of Chatham's Food Studies minor.

The program consists of two parts:


Online work, including readings and written assignments.

On Campus at Eden Hall Field Lab

A one-week residential summer intensive at Eden Hall Campus (July 7–July 15).

All courses make use of Eden Hall's sustainable agriculture, kitchen lab, outdoor brick bread oven, aquaculture center, taste lab, and other resources. Field site visits include local farms; food producers; food banks and anti-hunger organizations; restaurants; and markets.

Who should attend?

The program is for undergraduate students or rising seniors. In particular:

  • Chatham students from all majors who wish to take the courses as electives or earn a Food Studies minor
  • Students from other colleges in similar undergraduate programs (e.g., Environmental Studies, Sustainability, Nutrition, Health Sciences, and Business) who wish to take advantage of reduced price summer courses
  • Rising seniors in high school who wish to explore sustainable agriculture and food systems for college credit (high school students who are not rising seniors are welcomed to participate in a non-residential format)

What will you learn?

Through three courses, you’ll gain a deep understanding of food systems, sustainable agriculture, cuisine and food production in local and global contexts. The courses include:

1. Agroecology

This course is designed to further your understanding of applied agroecological systems with an emphasis on responsible stewardship of natural resources like soil, water, energy, and biodiversity while maintaining economically profitable agricultural enterprises. It will be organized around local farming and agriculture endeavors, and we will draw connections to regional and global issues of sustainable farms and farmers.

2. International Cuisine

This course explores international cuisine and culture through an interdisciplinary lens. Focusing on culinary history, the course emphasizes knowledge of global culture and cuisine.

3. Food, Farm, and Field

This course explores food, farm, and environment through readings, films, lectures, demonstrations, field trips, and farm and kitchen experiences in research and production. Activities include presentations on specific topics, group discussions; hands-on lab and field activities (including baking workshops using EHC grains); individual and group presentations; field trips; and reflection through writing, video, and photography.

Where is the residential experience?

Students live, work, eat, and play together in an immersive residential learning community at Chatham's groundbreaking and beautiful Eden Hall Campus, the world's first academic campus built from below the ground up for the study of sustainability, in Pittsburgh's North Hills.

Eden Hall Campus, which used to be a summer retreat, features an outdoor swimming pool, bowling alley, pool table, and miles of hiking trails. And if you'd like to step off campus, the North Hills is a vibrant area of Pittsburgh with restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and movie theaters. Nearby North Park offers hiking, boating, and ziplining.

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Life @ Eden Hall


Eden Hall Campus

6035 Ridge Road
Gibsonia, PA 15206

When are the deadlines?

Applications are due no later than June 1, 2019.

Classes begin June 16, 2019 and run through August 2, 2019. Initial online work includes readings and written assignments. The residential portion of the program begins on July 7 and ends on July 15.

How much does it cost?

All courses are an affordable $298 per credit. Accommodations at Eden Hall are $25 per night for Chatham University students and $50 per night for all non-Chatham students. 

Chatham-affiliated students

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Non-Chatham students

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Non Chatham Students Apply for Undergrad Summer Intensive at Eden Hall

For-credit and non-degree students (no credit) information