GAMBIER — “Where do we get our food?”
While most people may answer, “the supermarket,” Kenyon Professor Howard Sacks and his students found an intricate system that gets food from the farm to the table.
“The reason most people, when asked, will say it comes from a supermarket is they don’t think beyond that,” Sacks said. “Food is abundant here, it’s relatively cheap and relatively safe.”
Area residents will get a chance to see how that system works and impacts Knox County when they visit the award-winning exhibit at Kenyon College’s Gund Commons this week. The exhibit is part of Rural by Design, a week of events exploring sustainability at home and around the world.
“One thing they will learn is more about their community. All of the research was done in Knox County, the photos were taken in Knox County, and the interviews were with local people,” Sacks said about the exhibit. “Something that comes out of a project like this is a celebration of community and the thoughtful recognition of what’s going on here.”
The exhibit was created in 2005 by Sacks’ students in the class “Field Work.” The class teaches students how to do field research and because they were doing a lot in the community with the local food initiative at the time, it was decided to follow the food from the farm to the table.
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