Planting and Harvesting in a Freshman Seminar

If my car had a bumper sticker, it would read, "I'd rather be planting." So how does an anthropologist turn an interest in gardening into a legitimate classroom endeavor?

I teach at a small, liberal-arts college in Hartford, Conn. Although we have trees and lawns on our campus, the neighborhood immediately outside our gates is mostly concrete, brick, and rust. Hartford has parks around its edges, but for many residents of the central city, a vacant lot is as close to nature as they can