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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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Upcoming Events

Center for Food Studies UPCOMING events

Visitors: Click here for a map of campus

  • Monday, Mar 2, 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.
  • Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015: Food Chains, film and discussion, 7pm in the Lecture Center
    A viewing of the documentary on the food system and farmworkers' role in food justice, leading to ideas on how to create "a more humane, transparent food chain". Discussion to follow the film. Free and open to the public.
  • Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015: The Ecology of Meat, 7pm in Clark Auditorium
    A panel discussion of the ecological impact of farming and eating meat as part of a sustainable diet for people and for the planet.

THINKFOOD Conference


Saturday, April 11, 2015


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 earns 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



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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Local Events Of Interest

Massachusetts Food System Plan discussion

  • February 24, 2015, 3-6pm
  • Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield
  • Contact David Elvin, or 413-781-6045

"The Vanishing Public Sphere: A Talk About Land" by Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director of Food First

  • Sponsored by the Community Land Trust
  • March 21, 2015 at 7pm; $10 non-members
  • First Congregational Church
  • Great Barrington, MA
Just Food: Forum on Justice in the Food System
  • March 28-29, 2015
  • Harvard University 
  • Register by February 28 for early bird rates

Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

  • March 28, 2015, 8am-5:30pm
  • Worcester State University
  • Register by February 23 for early bird rates

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