ENVIR 495F

GROWING STUFF
Ecology, Economy, and Politics of Resource-Extraction Ecosystems

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READINGS
Introduction
Forest General
Forest Local
Forest Post-Mortem
Aquaculture General
Aquaculture Local
Aquaculture Post-Mortem
Dairy General
Dairy Local
Dairy Post-Mortem

FIELD TRIPS
Forest Products
Aquaculture
Dairy

ESSAY ASSIGNMENTS Forest Products
Shellfish
Dairy

Schedule for Week 10: Dairy Post-Mortem and Class Wrapup

Tuesday, June 4: Dairy trip reflections

Our first thing will be our slide show. Please email your best pictures to the students compiling the slide show by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3.

Dairy Reflections
By 7:00 a.m. please write 300-500 words on what you learned from the dairy trip. You may wish to touch on some or all of the following questions:
  • What surprised you about the dairy trip?
  • Having seen how dairies operate in different ways, what does that teach you about environmental philosophies, animal husbandry philosophies, or business philosophies applied to resource production and extraction?
  • How much of a piece should milk products be in our food strategies?
  • What are the implications, economic and ecological, of the gradual shift from dairies to field crops in Whatcom County?
In class, we will
  • Look at a slide show
  • Discuss a series of points that emerge from the field trip posts
  • Take any questions on the essay assignments, if necessary
  • Thursday, June 6: Class wrap-up

    Your final post, due at 7:00 a.m. on the day of class, should reflect on more general issues, including perhaps some of the following:
    • How do the three units of the class fit together?
    • What general principles have you been able to extract, formulate, modify, or refine from the materials in this class?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of an approach based on reading, writing, and field trips?
    In class, we will
    • Do the class evaluation forms
    • Finish the discussion on the general principles of scales and tradeoffs with which we began the class