The St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota will offer Classes Without Quizzes, a morning of learning for participants old and young, on Saturday, April 1. Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences (CFANS) Alumni Society, workshops will be led by faculty and experts who present the latest research in real-world language to adults while children can participate in a concurrent Kids’ Edition.
Professor of Applied Economics Michael Boland will present the keynote, “The Geography of Food,” which will focus on trends linked with the geographic origins of foods and increasing consumer demand for information about food. Breakout sessions will cover a variety of topics, including how nature affects the corn you eat; adaptations of plants living in lakes, rivers and wetlands; and trends that lead to future food security. Participants will also learn about environmentally friendly dairy production, what’s going on in the Minnesota woods, raising chickens in a backyard and hydroponics.
The concurrent Kids’ Edition will allow youth in grades K-6 to explore animal adaptations, tapping maple syrup and the up-close differences between many live raptor species.
For registration and details, go to z.umn.edu/cwq.