This week, our focus was on the past, present, and future of agriculture in Michigan. We started with two readings on the history of Detroit’s Eastern Market (from Detroit Food by Bill Loomis and Detroit's Eastern Market by Lois Johnson and Margaret Thomas). We also examined and analyzed several facts about Michigan agriculture and thought about what it meant that the average age of a Michigan farmer is 58 years old. This led us to consider the future of farming here in Michigan and around the world. We watched a TED talk on “food computers” by Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at MIT, and discussed the idea of “climate recipes” (what was interesting to us, what was exciting to us, and what potential implications could be concerning to us). We ended our study of agriculture in SE Michigan (for this week, anyway) with a fascinating historical tour of Detroit’s Eastern Market, led by Myles Hamby of the Eastern Market Corporation. We also introduced our long-term science project ideas and held a peer-review session where we (under Lisa’s direction) gave one another feedback on said project ideas.
For additional photos of our adventures, check the photo album link on the right-hand side bar.