Chatham University Center for Regional Agriculture, Foodways, and Transformation Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection documents the activities and programs of the Center for Regional Agriculture, Foodways, and Transformation (CRAFT) at Chatham University. These documents include digital oral history recordings created as part of the “Babka and Beyond” and the “`Buckwheat’ County: The Agricultural History from Seed to Mill” and accompanying interview documentation such as release forms, interview transcripts, biographical information, interview summaries, and other administrative records created between 2017 and 2020. Oral history recordings describe the lives and experiences of bread makers and grain producers in the Western Pennsylvania region. The collection also includes data sets created as part of CRAFT’s Regional Food System Data project and the project’s final report dated between 2018 and 2019. The collection does not contain documentation of CRAFT’s community events or the Food and Agriculture Innovation Lab.
- created: 2017-2019
- Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2018
- Chatham University (Organization)
- Chatham University Center for Regional Agriculture, Foodways, and Transformation Collection (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Records are open for research, except for those lacking interviewee release forms.
Conditions Governing Use
Items in this collection are protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s). http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
Biographical or Historical Information
The Center for Regional Agriculture, Foodways, and Transformation (CRAFT) was established at Chatham University in 2017 in specific association with the university’s Falk School of Sustainability and Food Studies Program. Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coeducational institution with graduate and undergraduate programs in sustainability, health & wellness, business & communications, and the arts & sciences. The Falk School of Sustainability was founded in 2010 and is based at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus.
CRAFT provides resources, learning opportunities, and technical assistance on food systems, regional food cultures, and sustainable economies to individuals, organizations, and businesses. CRAFT collects and shares research on regional food systems; provides resources for advocates, practitioners, and policy makers; communicates information supporting global recognition of regional food systems; coordinates and supports collaborative stakeholder activities and outreach; and educates, trains, and supports skilled workers necessary for a transformative food system.
In addition to leading community events focused on regional foodways and food systems, CRAFT provides support for local farmers, food businesses, and entrepreneurs through the Food and Agriculture Innovation Lab; collects and makes available data grounding food system analysis and regional food and agriculture programming through The Pittsburgh Food Shed; and collects and makes available oral history interviews through the Western Pennsylvania Foodways Collection.
CRAFT is staffed by Alice Julier, Director, Cassandra Malis, Project Manager, Cynthia Caul, Outreach Coordinator who coordinate among additional staff and graduate students from Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability.
Note written by Molly Tighe
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged in two series, based on the project types and their function within the CRAFT administrative structure. Series 1 has been further arranged into two subseries. The contents of each series and subseries are arranged chronologically in order of their initiation by CRAFT. Within each sub-series, the documents are arranged in their original order. Series 1, Western Pennsylvania Foodways Collection, 2017-2019 Subseries 1, Babka and Beyond Subseries 2, “Buckwheat” County: The Agricultural History from Seed to Mill Series 2, Regional Food System Data Folder 1, Data Sets Folder 2, Reports
Technical Access Requirements
Collection materials are digital and require software and hardware capable of rendering digital audio (mp3), digital documents (pdf), or internet connection.
Source of Acquisition
Center for Regional Agriculture, Foodways, and Transformation
Method of Acquisition
- Finding Aid for Chatham University Center for Regional Agriculture, Foodways, and Transformation Collection
- Molly Tighe
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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