Access to Our Local Kitchen Seminar Series

Fresh, Local, Healthy, Accessible

What does the above phrase mean? What is a food desert? What does it mean to be food insecure? Is it possible for local food to be nutritious and affordable?  These seminars will allow you to learn more about our local food issues, how you can support local, sustainable food suppliers and programs.

All three seminars will be taking place at 12:30PM in the Tomezsko Classroom Building, Room 103.

Monday, January 28  —  Marc BrownGold, General Manager, Swarthmore Co-Op

Resources shared during the seminar:


Wednesday, February 6  —  Noah Langnas, Philabundance, speaking about the Fare & Square grocery store opening in Chester

Monday, February 25  —  Karen Shore, Associate Head of Consulting, The Food Trust

Note the requirements in the syllabus for the post-seminar reflections you are responsible for writing up.  Classes will not be held the mornings of the seminars.  There will be no make-up assignments for missing a seminar.

For a PDF file listing these seminars, click on this link to Access to Our Local Kitchen.


The Purpose of Writing Reflection Statements

(adapted from Welcome to –

What is reflection?

Integral to your personal development in ERM 210 is the process of reflection. Reflection is not an ‘add-on’ piece to your learning process. It is integral to the complex process of becoming an engaged citizen. Successful reflection enables self-awareness, personal and professional growth and improved volunteering/community service practices.

Reflection may be accomplished individually and collectively. You will have opportunities to reflect on your experiences with others, such as, peers, campus faculty and staff, and guest speakers. Each will bring a unique perspective to your understanding of yourself as a developing public scholar.

Ultimately, self-reflection and dialogue with others will result in insights as to:

  1. how and why you think the way you do about community service and civic engagement
  2. what actions you took, what choices you made
  3. the meaning of your actions and choices
  4. what learning and growth has occurred
  5. how you can change your practices and behaviors in the future
  6. what you believe is the social value of civic engagement
  7. what you believe is your role as an everyday citizen and/or professional in the field of public scholarship

What is the purpose of reflection?

You will be reflecting on the content presented by our guest seminar speakers and how it relates to what we are learning in ERM 210 and your previous beliefs/knowledge.  While reflection suggests recollection and the remembering of events and activities past, it is remembering with a grounding of beliefs. Dewey (1933) stated “reflection thus implies that something is believed in (or disbelieved in), not on its own direct account, but through something else which stands as witness, evidence, proof, voucher, warrant; that is, as ground of belief.”  For Dewey, reflective thinking consisted of two parts: a state of doubt and a search to resolve that doubt. Thus, constructing a reflective statement is an act of revealing one’s beliefs. The process requires critical reflection that can inform future events.

You will keep a collection of your reflections – in our case, in one Google Doc.  Your collection can be reviewed again and again to track your personal growth and have new reflections provide new insights.


Grading of Speaker Reflections

As stated previously, you will keep a collection of your reflections – in our case, in one Google Doc.  Your collection can be reviewed again and again to track your personal growth and have new reflections provide new insights.

Use the following framework as a guide for your written reflection statements that you will be completing upon the conclusion of each Access to Our Local Kitchen seminar.  Be sure to include enough details to support each division of the reflection process.  Show me (and show yourself) what you have learned, and how that knowledge benefits you and the greater good.

WHAT? Cognitive Description What was the topic of the presentation?  What was the focus of the discussion?

What did you see, hear, say…

GUT? Affective Description What did you feel?  What feelings came up for you during the seminar?  What do you feel now?
SO WHAT? Analysis So what did you learn?  What difference does that make?  What do you understand differently now?
NOW WHAT? Application Now what will you do with what you have learned?  How does your learning apply to other courses, to other issues?

Each category will be graded on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).  Each reflective statement will be worth 20 points total.  Please label each section (WHAT? GUT? etc.) in your essay.  Each section should have at a minimum a fully-developed paragraph.