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Sustainability, Food Security, and Community-Building Sustainable Agriculture & Local Food Security

Many Americans can enjoy a variety of food at a low cost. However, these prices do not reflect the external costs of economic, social, and environmental impacts that affect the food system's sustainability. Agriculture production from large-scale family farms and industrial non-family farms in the US has caused much harm to the environment compared to small-scale family farms. Large-scale Agriculture facilities heavily rely on pesticides that decrease biodiversity in the soil and can cause harmful health effects such as headaches and irritations. Large agriculture has deep concerns about creating ethical and safe livestock production due to caged animals and hormone growth compared to organic and natural, sustainable animal raising that small-scale family farms adopt.

Additionally, 34 million people in the US face food insecurity or lack access to healthy foods. This is a devastating fact since the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 30%-40% of the current food supply, mainly from large agriculture farms, is lost as waste. Sustainable agriculture allows less food production to go to waste and protects the environment through sustainability. It is essential to learn about sustainable agricultural production to incorporate these values into our daily lives, not only for the happiness of the environment but for yourself. 

Join us on this alternative break to Airlie Farms, Virginia. Airlie is a meeting and conference facility situated in the countryside that utilizes sustainable agriculture practices to sustain their customers and the community. Along with exploring Airlie’s processes and contribution towards healthier practices, you would also immerse with the nature of closeby towns through trips and volunteer opportunities. This is a good opportunity to learn more about healthy eating, form community-peer bonds, and immerse yourself in nature.

Dates: Sunday, March 10th, 2024 - Saturday, March 16th, 2024

Gouri Ninave and Melissa Lopez Vasquez

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Virginia's application is open. To learn more about the other Alternative Break programs in 2023-24, visit our program page.

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