Agriculture is one of the leading industries in the world, and perhaps the most important for the future of the planet. If nothing changes between today and the year 2050, farmers will have to grow 60-70% more food in order to meet the challenges of feeding the growing planet. We visit the farms and factories where the foodstuffs begin to make their way to your dinner table, learning how consumer demands are changing production techniques to ensure humane treatment of animals, sanitary conditions, and healthier food.
Understand the basic operations of large and small farms, and the economics behind growing food
Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the tradeoffs between organic and commercial food production
Understand the culture of farming and how it relates to the development of communities in the Midwest of the United States
Lenses of Inquiry
Places and ActivitiesThis program is flexible, and can be offered in 3, 5, or 7 day itineraries.
“I can honestly say that this was the best 10 days of my entire life. I feel as though I have grown as a person, and that I have made lifelong connections. This experience changed my life, so thank you very much to the entire Envoys staff!”— Eliza C. , Student, Hingham Japan 2015
“The Envoys staff has been amazing. I have bonded with each of them in different ways and they made the trip to Colombia nicer that I expected. Envoys helped me open myself up to interacting with the locals wherever we traveled!”— Illeana G. , Student, Deerfield Colombia 2014
“We had an amazing program. It was a biology teacher’s dream and Felipe and his crew couldn’t have been more thorough and professional to work with. Thanks for all of your efforts to organize an unforgettable experience for us all.”— Gerry , Traveling Faculty, LCC Colombia 2016