East Asia From a Korean Perspective 

With the U.S. and Japan agreeing on the U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation Guidelines in April of this year, the situation in East Asia has become more precarious. The ISC will be hosting a lecture on August 15th on how recent developments in China and Japan influence the Korean Peninsula. 

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Community Supported Agriculture Part 2: More Fun with Fresh Veggies

By Taryn Assaf

Summer can be a difficult time for farmers. Weather can be unpredictable, with high temperatures, too much or too little rainfall; crop eating pests are at their peak. That hasn’t stopped the gorgeous leafy greens and fragrant herbs from growing on Gachi farms. Most people would be weary of buying greens with little holes in them, bruised fruits, or yellowing herbs. We prefer perfection: our greens rich in colour, glistening in the supermarket spotlights; our fruits shining and vibrant; and our veggies without a spot of dirt. You’d be hard pressed to find any evidence that most produce ever existed in an ecosystem. How much food goes to waste simply because its appearance is deemed less than perfect?

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Community supported agriculture: is it worth it?

By Taryn Assaf

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a share in a CSA, then you likely already know what they are and how they function. If you don’t (from wikipedia: far more eloquent than me):

“A CSA is an alternative, locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they periodically receive shares of produce.”

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ISC Farming Exposure Trip: Join us in Haenam

The South Jeolla Province’s Haenam region has become one of the most popular areas in Korea for the growing number of people choosing to leave the cities and returning to the country’s rural areas to farm. Haenam’s Misae village is a community of young farmers living and working together to build a new way of life. Join the ISC’s Monthly Open Lecture Series as we take part in the village’s farming, learn about why people are returning to  the land, and speak with Misae’s villagers about their vision for farming and a more sustainable future. To register, please visit http://bit.ly/1KZAqRt 

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ISC Farming Exposure Trip: Join us in Haenam

The South Jeolla Province’s Haenam region has become one of the most popular areas in Korea for the growing number of people choosing to leave the cities and returning to the country’s rural areas to farm. Haenam’s Misae village is a community of young farmers living and working together to build a new way of life. Join the ISC’s Monthly Open Lecture Series as we take part in the village’s farming, learn about why people are returning to  the land, and speak with Misae’s villagers about their vision for farming and a more sustainable future. To register, please visit http://bit.ly/1KZAqRt

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