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Food, Farm, and Field: Chatham University now registering for hands-on summer sustainability course at Eden Hall Campus, July 8-21

PITTSBURGH (May 14, 2012) … Chatham University is now registering for its summer sustainability course to be held at Eden Hall Campus from July 8 through July 21. During the two-week summer program titled Food, Farm, and Field, students will gain a deeper understanding of issues relating to sustainability and the environment while living at the University’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township, Pa.

In this dynamic course, students will live on campus for two weeks, exploring the critical relationship among food, farm, and environment. The program will blend classroom learning, group discussions, field trips throughout the community, and hands-on lab and field activities on the farm and in the kitchen. Each day will also include time for fun and relaxation with swimming, hiking, yoga, and reflection through writing, video, and photography.

“Because we take an interdisciplinary approach in this program, we can provide a whole range of perspectives on the way our food moves through our environment and our communities,” says Alice Julier, director of the Master of Arts in Food Studies program at Chatham.

“The program at Chatham involves hands-on experiential training at our Eden Hall site, but also engagement with practitioners throughout Pittsburgh. This connection between the agricultural and environmental landscape and the communities where food is prepared and consumed is our innovative approach to this course.”

Instructors will include Chatham University’s renowned faculty in sustainability, food studies, film and digital media, agroecology, and creative writing. Local farmers, chefs, and food suppliers will also provide their perspectives as guest lecturers. Current undergraduate or graduate students in any field of study who are enrolled in accredited institutions or those who have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution are encouraged to apply, as well as are those interested in agritourism or working in the food service industry.

Students will receive three academic credits at the upper division undergraduate or graduate level. The cost is $2,400 and includes all course materials, academic credits, lodging, meals, and activities. To register, visit to create an account. Once created, select the “Food, Farm, and Field” option and provide the necessary information. For more information, visit or call 412-365-1498 to speak with someone about the program. Space is limited.

About Chatham’s new School of Sustainability and the Environment
Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE) offers a Master of Arts in Food Studies program and launching this fall is the Master of Sustainability program. Both masters programs take a transdisciplinary, systems-based approach to issues concerning sustainability and the environment. The SSE also offers an online Certificate in Sustainable Management, which provides a practical foundation in the fundamentals of sustainability and their application in diverse settings — government, the private sector, not-for-profit organizations, and educational institutions.

About Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus
Eden Hall, gifted to Chatham University in 2008 by the Eden Hall Foundation, will integrate sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Located in the township of Pine-Richland on a 388-acre site north of Chatham’s historic Shadyside Campus, Eden Hall Campus will serve more than 1,000 students in a carbon and water resources neutral, zero net energy integrated facility.

By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating existing land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new, green buildings, Eden Hall will be a one of kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism. As the future home of our School of Sustainability and the Environment, Eden Hall will be a place of learning, research and practicing sustainable behaviors that can be replicated elsewhere to make the world a better place.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit