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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

April 2016

Kellogg Music Center


Upcoming Events

Center for Food Studies UPCOMING events

Visitors: Click here for a map of campus

  • Saturday, Oct 24, 2015: Food Day
    Check back here for campus Food Day activities on this national day of awareness about food and healthy eating.
  • Friday, Oct 30, 2015: Campus Apple Tasting in Kellogg Circle
    Taste our bounty of apples from the campus apple trees. Locally grown and harvested by students.

Advisory Board 2015-2016

We are proud to welcome the members of our Advisory Board for 2015-2016, who help us identify new avenues for cross-community partnerships, add expertise from various food perspectives, and recommend themes for our panel discussions and conference.

  • Jock Herron, Researcher, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA
  • Serge Madikians, Chef/Owner, Serevan Restaurant, Amenia, NY
  • Peter Stanton, Founder and Director of The Nutrition Center, Pittsfield, MA
  • Zoe Finch Totten, Founder and CEO of The Full Yield, Boxford, MA
  • Barbara Zheutlin, Director of Berkshire Grown, Great Barrington, MA

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.


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

  • Monday, September 21, 6-8pm
  • The Upper Lodge at Ski Butternut
  • Great Barrington, MA
  • $85/$75 for members

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