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UDaily: Environmental humanities students get down-to-earth experience

UDaily: Environmental humanities students get down-to-earth experience

At the University of Delaware, public policy student Emily Floros is focused on public health and on finding ways to help people improve their nutrition and access to food. Aidan Leddy, with a major in criminal justice and a minor in journalism, is always looking for new experiences that he can incorporate into his writing. Now, thanks to an environmental humanities class in which students volunteer at a local organic farm, they both have new insights.

“When I heard about this class, I knew I wanted to ‘get down in the dirt’ — literally — and see what it means to operate a small organic farm and what that means to the community,” Floros said. “I realized how little people know about how they get their food and how hard it can be to make healthy choices.”

Leddy, who has had summer landscaping jobs to help pay for his education, said he enjoys being out of the classroom occasionally and working outdoors again.