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Faculty Feature: Brian Schultz among Whiting Foundation Fellowship recipients

Submitted by on July 15, 2013 – 9:45 amNo Comment

Four Hampshire College professors have been chosen as recipients of 2013 Whiting Foundation Fellowships: human biology professor Megan Dobro, photography professor S. Billie Mandle, art professor Sara Greenberger Rafferty, and entomology and ecology professor Brian Schultz.

schultz_brianThe Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation established the fellowships to enable present and prospective teachers to study abroad or at locations with which they’re not closely associated.

Professor Schultz (pictured left) plans to study push–pull cropping systems at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya. He will incorporate what he learns into his agriculture courses and research conducted at the Hampshire College Farm Center.


Selected Courses

Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Farming (Spring 2013)

This course is a broad introduction to the practices of sustainable agriculture and organic farming. It includes experience in the field, combined with study of the underlying science and technology of several key agricultural topics and methods, as well as some more economic/political aspects. We will focus on sustainable and/or organic methods that minimize the use of nonrenewable resources and the associated pros and cons. Coursework will include activities and assignments at the Hampshire College farm and nearby farms/groups, as well as short papers, problems, and options for independent work in particular areas. In-class topics also include readings, discussions, and assignments aimed at understanding sustainable practices in general. For example, we will study problems with pest control and how to manage pests sustainably/organically, given their life cycles and ecology, basic aspects of soil and fertility management, how animals fit into sustainable schemes of production, winter greenhouses, maple sugaring, crop and farm diversification, the concerns about buying local vs. imported and/or organic food, labor and energy issues, and more.

Agriculture, Ecology, and Society (Fall 2012)

This course looks at agriculture as a set of ecological systems and issues. It refers to ecology in both the sense of interactions between organisms (e.g., crops, pests, and predators) and their environment, and in the larger-scale sense of environmental impacts and related social and political issues. A broad range of topics will be covered, including pesticides and alternatives, soil fertility and erosion, the role of animals, genetically modified crops, biofuels, global vs. local trade and more. The course work will consist of readings, discussion, written assignments (with revisions as needed), work at the Hampshire farm, group and independent projects, guest lectures and films, and field trips.