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Nonprofits needed for student software projects

Deadline: July 23

We are looking for nonprofit organizations to participate in the Service Learning Practicum during the 2014-2015 school year. Students will work on a software project in the same manner as a professional development company. Project groups will consist of 6-8
students in their fourth year, with myself overseeing all the projects. Some examples of possible software systems include: personnel management, volunteer-nonprofit communications, asset tracking, scheduling system, website login portals, etc. You must be willing to dedicate some time to the development of this system. Typically, this means a regular bi-weekly meeting with the students, as well as providing feedback and describing requirements. We do not expect you to have any computing or software engineering knowledge ...

Community Food Systems: Food Policies

Using food heritage as a lens, students in the Urban and Environmental Planning Department's Community Food Systems' class, taught by Tanya Denckla Cobb, explored the importance of identity and place as a tool for community planning for sustainability and resilience. Students worked individually to explore topics related to edible yards, urban livestock, farm-to-school programs, gleaning, composting, and more. Each student spent many hours interviewing local food leaders and residents to solicit feedback and ensure that policies truly reflected the wishes of the community. Although many of the videos focus on Charlottesville specifically, we feel that the case studies explored and the resulting policies would benefit many of the communities in our region. We hope that our collection of short films and writings will inspire the adoption of sustainable local food policies in our community.


Featured Center

Morven Kitchen Garden

Located on a one-acre plot which was once organically cultivated for John Kluge, the Morven Kitchen Garden offers a hands-on learning opportunity to study food production cycles, design sustainable agriculture technologies, and develop a better understanding of the social, environmental, and economic implications of our daily food choices. The Morven Kitchen Garden was initiated by students, for students, and it serves both the University and greater Charlottesville community as a site for learning and growing. The Morven Kitchen Garden offers a unique CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program offered exclusively to U.Va. students, faculty, and staff. Weekly CSA shares are available on a monthly basis from May until October, in which a box of fresh produce and recipe book is dropped off each week on Grounds.