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The Center for Food Studies at Simon's Rock is a resource for the study of food and food culture on campus, in the local community, and beyond.
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THINKFOOD Conference


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Kellogg Music Center


Upcoming Events

Center for Food Studies UPCOMING events

Visitors: Click here for a map of campus

  • Thursday, Apr 9, 2015: Documentary Film: City Farmers, Lecture Center, 7pm
    Producer/director Meryl Joseph will be on hand to screen her film, "City Farmers", about the urban community farming movement in New York. A discussion with the filmmaker to follow.
  • Monday, Apr 20, 2015: Dorm Dining: Cooking Demonstration; 7pm in the Snack Bar
    Student Life staff and faculty "guest chefs" will demonstrate simple recipes that you can cook in your dorm room or kitchen. Open to Simon's Rock students, staff and faculty only.

Upcoming Opportunities

Students: Have a bright idea to solve a food system sustainability issue?  

Submit it to Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition's YES! (Young Earth Solutions) competition and win funding to make your idea a reality.

Read about the Milan Protocol on Food and Nutrition here.


Spring Break Food Action Challenge!

Food Action Challenge

Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 29

Open to all Simon's Rock students.

Students can select a variety of food-related projects from more than a dozen options. Upon successful completion of a project, students submit the project-specific result to the Food Action committee and earn points. Projects can be undertaken anywhere a student is spending spring break. ACE credits available; there will be two drawings for high point earners to win prizes!

For the menu of options, click here.

Join the Action – Email:


Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Center for Food Studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock will advance our community’s knowledge of food as a cultural force and our responsibilities as stewards of a sustainable food system. The Center's educational mission will promote an understanding of the world around us by providing a forum for collaboration, communication, and learning across a variety of food realms by:

  • offering for-credit courses within existing Simon's Rock programs;

  • collaborating with community partners to sponsor lectures, conferences, and other educational events on campus and across the region; 

  • creating opportunities for students and local organizations to benefit from internships and other work/study arrangements;

  • presenting non-credit workshops for personal and professional education; and

  • partnering creatively on and off campus to develop awareness of critical issues related to food, leading to productive connections and action.


Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Karen Advokaat, Coordinator of Academic Projects and Initiatives, Office of Academic Affairs

Katie Boswell, Faculty in Anthropology, Division of Social Studies

Chris Coggins, Faculty in Geography and Asian Studies, Division of Social Studies

Tom Coote, Faculty in Environmental Studies, Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

Tess Diamond, Coordinator of the Community Garden

Brian Mikesell, Library Director, Alumni Library

Ben Krupka, Faculty in Ceramics, Division of Arts

Erin McMullin, Faculty in Biology, Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

Don Roeder, Faculty Emeritus in Environmental Studies, Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

Sarah Snyder, Faculty in Biology, Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

Maryann Tebben, Faculty in French, Division of Language and Literature


Berkshire County: Organizations & Resources

Local Food and Agriculture in Berkshire County, Sustainable Berkshires, a project of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Massachusetts Food System Plan, a collaborative project of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), the Massachusetts Food Policy Council, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.



A Place at the Table: Young Farmers Band Together to Keep Land in Agriculture, Hill Country Observer, February-March 2015

The Double Pyramid (Diet and Environmental Impact), Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition

The Future of FOOD, National Geographic

"Betting the Farm," Edible Hudson Valley, Whisk Fall 2013

"From Farm to Table," Orion magazine, Nov/Dec 2013

The USDA on Food Hubs, source:

"Everything and the Kitchen Sink," Notre Dame Magazine, Winter 2013/14

"Can a Banh Mi Save the World?," Food Management magazine, April 2014

Contact Us

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Maryann Tebben, Head of the Center for Food Studies
Contact Info
Office: Liebowitz Center for International Studies
Phone: (413) 528-7219
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Events Of Interest

Farm to Institution Summit

  • April 7-9, 2015
  • UMass Amherst
  • Registration closes April 1
  • Working to get more local and regional food into schools, colleges, and health care
  • Saturday, April 11
  • Mahaiwe Theater, Great Barrington
  • Sunday, April 12
  • Triplex Cinema, Great Barrington

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