THE CAPSTONE celebrates the creation of a more just and sustainable food system through interviews, stories, and experiences of students who are finishing up their MSFS degrees at Prescott College. You’ll also hear from their advisors, about the significance of their work in the context of creating food systems change.
This podcast is a project of the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) at Prescott College, which supports the strengthening of communities and their members by helping people (re)build healthy, just, and sustainable food systems.
In today’s world of complex food, nutrition, and agricultural systems, this program creates leaders with a deep knowledge of the economic, ecological, and social forces driving food systems from local to global scales. As a limited-residency program, students engage with one another, and a distinguished and diverse faculty, to build skills and knowledge that are applied in a personal and bioregional context. Currently the program offers optional concentrations in Sustainable Diets and Biodiversity, Food Justice, and Food Entrepreneurship and a new Dual MBA-MSFS pathway.
Dr. Lisa Trocchia is an Associate Faculty member in the graduate program in Sustainable Food Systems at Prescott College. She is also a network facilitator and consultant offering expertise in self-organizing, horizontal leadership, network organizational design, and visual storytelling. Lisa holds an interdisciplinary PhD in the Social Ecology of Food. She explores food-based social ecosystems from multiple perspectives, including Communication Studies, Sociology, Political Theory, and the study of networks and complex adaptive systems. Dr. Trocchia is a sensory ethnographer. She researches and writes about the performance of cultural foodways, food and the transmission of affect, and she examines the social ecologies of community-based food systems as sites of participatory and transformative change.
Dr. Robin Currey is an ethnoecologist specializing in agrobiodiversity conservation in small-scale agricultural systems, or home gardens. Before coming to Prescott College, Dr. Currey served as faculty and Director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) program at Green Mountain College. In addition to her experience at GMC, Dr. Currey is the former Director of Mercy Corps in Kyrgyzstan, international development and humanitarian organization, and the current non executive Director for Community Development Financial Institution in Kyrgyzstan. Her work with Mercy Corps in Kyrgyzstan grew from her efforts to understand and influence the sustainability and resilience of small-holder agro-pastoral systems to address inequalities in the food system.
Whether you want to talk to us about a topic in Sustainable Food Systems, learn more about our Master's program, or, would like to interview us, we're available to discuss topics related to biodiversity, food justice, sustainable farming pracitces, soil science and more.