Community-Based Research with South Madison Farmers Market

Course Title: Environmental Studies 600 Section 005: CBR with SMFM
Semester: Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
Instructor/CUE Affiliate: Dadit Hidayat, Alfonso Morales, and Margaret Nellis
Community PartnerSouth Madison Farmers Market (SMFM)


Abstract: SMFM is looking for a more effective strategy to educate South Madison community about fresh, safe, and affordable food.  The new strategy is expected to improve local market (buyers) as well local vendors participation in the market (sellers).

Student Learning Goals:

  • learn specific methodological skills for conducting community-based research
  • conduct research on informal market which will address the area of multifunctionality agriculture (sustainable agriculture, local food, community development, and health promotion)
  • identify and implement community organizing tactic

Deliverable Product or Service:

  • identified strategies for community actions
  • strategies implementation through community organizing efforts

CUE Project AreaSouth Madison

Grant involvedCharlotte Zieve Community Environmental Scholars Program


  • syllabus
  • CBR with South Madison Farmers Market, CUE Newsletter Vol II Issue 2

Community and School Gardens

Course Title: Env Studies 600: Community and School Gardens in Southwest Madison
Semester: Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Instructor/CUE Affiliate: Ashleigh Ross and Sam Dennis, Jr.
Community Partner: Toki Middle School, Front Yard Gardens, Meadowood Neighborhood Center, and Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ

middle school students, with a Nelson Institune student,  presenting their collaborative projecta group photo of middle school students and the capstone group

Abstract: This capstone course works directly with 6th grade teachers and students from Toki Middle School to design their school and community garden. The course covers environmental education, garden and landscape design, and community gardening.

Student Learning Goals:

CUE Project Area: Southwest Madison


  • Spring 2013 [syllabus]
  • Summer 2013 [syllabus]
  • Fall 2013 [syllabus]
  • Spring 2014 [syllabus]