Mobile App Reflection: Relationships

That’s what it’s all about in the end, relationships. Who you know, how much you like each other, how well they are connected, how long you’ve been doing business, you get the point. This seemingly universal pattern stands true for the chefs that we interviewed today. However, the types of relationships each restaurant manager focused on seemed to drive the …

Forming a Community

The formation of a community is not only beneficial for social reasons, but also for academic purposes. The reasoning being that social interactions increase the spread of knowledge and stimulate thought-provoking conversations. This concept has become very evident after this weeks many interactions with business owners in the local Davidson area, along with our teams brainstorming/debriefing sessions at the end …

Sowing Your Seed

Botany has never been an interest of mine. In fact, outside of my limited study of ferns and flowers in my high school biology class, I have very little experience working with plants. One of the drawbacks of having a more analytically orientated mind is that, sometimes, I miss seeing the beauty that can be found in the natural world …

Eating Sustainably: A Challenge or Choice?

Many consumers face the challenge of balancing nutrition and cost. Often times the certified organic, fresh, or local foods cost significantly more than the efficiently produced, low costing alternatives. In an ideal world, efficiency would not be a substitute for quality, but this is not the case in the food industry. Quality is not simply defined in terms of taste, …

Generating Ideas for Mobile App

We spent the whole day at the farms of a local non-profit organization that aims to provide low-priced organic food for the community members that might not be able to get access to fresh vegetables. Most of the time I was weeding, which is a very tiresome work. Luckily the weather in the morning is cool and cloudy. I also …

Mobile App Musing

The first day of the immerse session was tiring yet rewarding. We worked at the Davidson College Farm before noon and then interviewed the owner of Harvest Moon Grille, a restaurant that uses only local food sources. I helped weed a field and then over a field with newspaper and hay to prevent pests and weeds. Both works, especially the …

Mobile App Reflection: Farm Needs

I saw a huge need at the farm today that is available to some extinct, but not usable for all farmers, especially small farmers. The Davidson College farm specifically relies on volunteers and donations in order to produce local, healthy food for campus. This can be a management nightmare after a never-ending issue of crop plan changes. Producers must accommodate …

Matt’s First Day at the Farm

First Day at the Farm Today I was able to gain some real life experience and a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes at a small local farm. As a small farm practicing organic farming methods, it is difficult to keep up production high enough to match the conventional producers that are supplying food for the area. …

Mobile App Update: Engagement

Word: Engage Yesterday I said I wasn’t a farmer. Today I was a farmer; or at the very least I tried to be a farmer. As you can see my hands took quite the beating from only 6 hours in the life of a farmer, not even a full working day. After talking with full time employees of the farm …

Mobile App Reflection: Artisanal

Word: Artisanal I am not a farmer. I am not a chef. The most direct work with food I’ve had was when I worked for a catering company at weddings in high school. And unlike most people, I have a touchy relationship with food because of my celiac diagnosis several years ago. But here I am this summer working towards …