Block B Has Begun!

There has been a lot of activity going on in the past few days. This block, we have one class entitled “Farmers Markets, Food Politics and Research Methods,” which is taught by Professor Paul Freeman (pictured below) of the Department of Politics. There are 26 students in this class alone! This isn’t altogether surprising to us though, considering Professor Freedman’s engaging teaching style and remarkable reputation at UVa and beyond.

Block B started out with a bang when Governor McAuliffe stopped by the Meeting Barn to check out the class and say hello to the students. He reminded the students of the importance of agriculture to the state’s economy and advocated for farmers markets as a way to support the industry directly. He also reminded us to vote in the primary election this coming Tuesday and even took home a pair of stylish Morven sunglasses. Looking good, Governor McAuliffe!

Yesterday, we got the opportunity to participate in a demonstration on mindfulness, especially as it relates to food consumption. Marga Odahowski is a local mindfulness consultant and former UVa professor AND she just wrote a book entitled The Way of the Hammock. She shared with the students tips on eating mindfully, even if it’s something as small as a raisin (pictured here). Here are a few of her tips:

  • Savor and space memories, music, or snacks
  • Focus on a word that has deep value to you
  • Practice positive power poses
  • Keep your practice: small, slow, and simple.

To thank Marga, and all of our guest speakers, for their time, we’re gifting bouquets of Morven flowers picked from the beautiful gardens on grounds.

Today, the students are continuing to practice mindfulness on their own to gain a better focus for the remainder of MSI. This will come in handy as they begin to shape their research projects. Only 7 more days! Stay tuned for more exciting events happening in the next week.

Sustainably yours,

Maria and Cassidy

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