UC Berkeley’s Food Institute, in collaboration with Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project and other partners, are offering a course entitled “Edible Education 101: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement” this winter and spring. While enrollment for credit is limited to UC Berkeley students, the entire course will be streamed live on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s YouTube channel, and the general public is encouraged to participate. The course is slated for Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. PST, beginning January 26th and concluding April 27th. All lectures will be archived on YouTube.

The Edible Education 101 course was originally created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project, developed the course in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley. The course has been offered to undergraduate students and members of the general public for four semesters since 2011.

The 2015 course features experts on organic agriculture, school lunch reform, food safety, hunger and food security, farm bill reform, farm-to-school efforts, urban agriculture, food sovereignty, and local food economies. The speaker line-up is anchored by food luminaries such as Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry, Eric Scholsser, Marion Nestle, Raj Patel, and others, who will offer perspectives on making the food system more sustainable and equitable. The instructor on record is Garrison Sposito, and course co-hosts are Mark Bittman and Robert Hass. It is funded in part by the Epstein/Roth Foundation.

The course is also sponsored by the University of California’s Global Food Initiative, which was launched in 2014, and seeks to harness the institution’s resources to address one of the most critical issues of our time: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a growing world population.

To learn more about Edible Education 101, view the syllabus, and for live stream information and related events, visit the course website.