UW Professor Visits Sustainability Class

UW Professor Visits Sustainability Class

January 5, 2018 – Prior to the Winter Break, students in Sustainability were studying food and food systems.  As part of this unit, they invited Elizabeth (Beth) Wheat to share her experiences with the class. Beth is currently a faculty member in the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington and one of the founders of the UW farm on campus. She is also the owner of SkyRoot Farm on Whidbey Island.

Beth grew up in a (dairy) farming community in upstate New York and then pursued her PhD in marine ecology but realized that being outside and farming brought her joy.  She found ways to balance her love of science and passion for being outdoors by establishing a career that splits her time as a lecturer on environmental science at UW with being a farmer on Whidbey. Her farm sells at farmers markets and runs a CSA as well as hosts/trains interns in farming practices and does other things like welcomes artists onto the farm. She was able to speak to the class about food systems, sustainability, her experiences, the trade/barter economy, and her life as a farmer/educator.