For the fourth year, professors Nick Bacon and Charmion Gustke took students enrolled in “The Mind and Body Connection” to David Dailey’s Real Food Farms in Franklin, Tenn. The purpose of this field trip was to introduce students to a biodynamic farm, giving them a first-hand look at the challenges and benefits of sustainable food practices. Free from pesticides, genetic engineering and chemical fertilizers, Real Food Farms is a wonderful example of a local solution to the global health concerns facing our students. During their most recent trip, students played with piglets born the previous day, planted garlic, built tomato cages and enjoyed a freshly prepared lunch created by Belmont nursing student Robin Queen, a trained chef and passionate foodie. The menu included local cheeses, barbecue farm-raised chicken, organic salad, homemade cornbread and chocolate-mint cookies served with farm fresh milk. After lunch, students enjoyed a question-and-answer session with Dailey discussing current trends in food production, eating healthily and supporting local farms.
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