Get an Edible Education (for Free!) from Michael Pollan & The Edible Schoolyard

It's that time of year. Already some kids are back in the classroom and many of us will be sending our children off on Monday or perhaps the following week. Whatever are we going to do with all that extra time? (Just kidding!!) But perhaps you'll have a few extra hours to go back to school and get an edible education.

The Edible Schoolyard and UC Berkeley's School of Journalism are making this very easy by broadcasting their lecture series Edible Education 103 for free, starting next week.

Edible Education 103 is a continuation of a course offered in 2011, Edible Education: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement, which we wrote about here. Like last year's course, this year's lineup of 15 lectures covers issues critical to the health and well-being of our food system and, of course, our lives. Moderated by Michael Pollan, guest speakers include activist Raj Patel, restaurateur Alice Waters, and Nikki Henderson of People's Grocery. I'm looking forward to the evening when some of the Bay Area's best young local chefs (Samin Nosrat, Jerome Waag, Charlie Hallowell) join Harold McGee on stage to talk about cooking.

Important and complex topics such as the Farm Bill, the politics of meat, the psychology of food, and the issues of food, race and labor will be taken up as well as visits from a local farmer and stories from The Kitchen Sisters. All lectures will be posted on the Edible Schoolyard's Vimeo channel shortly after the talks as well as the ESYProject YouTube page. If you live in the Bay Area, you can attend the lectures for free, provided there is space. There will be 300 seats available to the general public each week, by reservation, which will open at 10:00 am (Pacific Time) on the Wednesday before each lecture and will close at 11:59 pm on the following Monday.

Whether you can go in person or catch up online, I highly recommend following this course this fall. The lectures and Q&A follow up will last approximately 1.5 hours, a small investment in time for a topic so critical to our lives. The fact that this course is so widely and easily available to the general public at no cost is extraordinary and speaks to the passion and commitment of its developers and supporters.

The Edible Education Course Syllabus provides a list of speakers, dates, location, time and where to register for seats. Hope to see some of you there!

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