Soil to Soul – Spring 2020

At Edible Education 101, the class sessions, readings and assignments aim to guide students to develop ​food-systems intelligence—​ a personal understanding of how the diverse facets of the food system relate and depend on one another, especially one’s own role as a participant in the food system and how individual and collective choices, actions, behaviors, policies and public and private interests affect it.

To watch live or the recording, click on each week’s Topic.


TOPIC (links to Livestream on YouTube)



Slow Food Values in a Fast Food Culture

Alice Waters and Bryant Terry


Food, Climate, and Health

Kathleen Merrigan


The What, Why and How of Regenerative Agriculture

Tiffani Patton, Whendee Silver, Kristyn Leach, Moretta Browne, Loren Poncia


Civil Eats: Food and the Media

Naomi Starkman and Guests


Change from Within: How Big Food Can Drive Big Impact 

Carla Vernón


People for Better Policy: Restore California Leads the Way

Karen Ross, Anthony Myint, Karen Leibowtiz,


Growing Our Own: Lessons from the Garden

Will Rosenzweig and Guests


Conscious Eating and Transparency

Sophie Egan, Casey Gleason, Lam Le, Raja Ramachandran


SPRING BREAK (no class meeting)


Culinary Literacy, Nutrition, and Medicine

David Eisenberg, Linda Shuie, Liz Fitzgerald, Aurora Sanchez


Taking Action on Food Waste

Nisha Balaram, Dan Kurzrock, Dana Gunders, Sandra Curtis


Food Access, Sovereignty, and Ownership

Fiona McBride, Shakirah Simley, Carle Brinkman, Brahm Ahmadi, Mariela Cedeño, Geetika Agrawal, Ruben Canedo


Feeding the World in Need

José Andrés


Entrepreneurs and Innovators Showcase

Special guests TBA


The Food Movement: Past and Future

Michael Pollan (invited)


Download the Full Syllabus

About EE101

The Edible Education 101 course was created in conjunction with the 40th-anniversary celebration of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project, launched the course in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley.

Edible Education 101 is a hybrid public lecture series and for-credit class. It has been offered to undergraduate students and members of the public for nine semesters since 2011.

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