Food Literacy Project

The Food Literacy Project cultivates an understanding of food from the ground up. Education focuses on four integrated areas of food and society: agriculture, nutrition, food preparation and community. Ultimately, the project goal is to promote enduring knowledge, enabling consumers to make informed food choices.


For the Spring 2015 event schedule, please visit:

FLP Fellows: The Food Literacy Project offers 15 undergraduate and five graduate fellowship opportunities for Harvard students particularly interested in learning about, and engaging others, in our complex food system. FLP Fellows work on independent and team projects to organize educational and hands-on opportunities for the Harvard and wider communities to learn about food. The Food Literacy Project also works to connect and engage various research and academic initiatives at Harvard working on issues related to the food system. We are currently accepting 2014/2015 FLP Fellow applications.  

Events: The Food Literacy Project organizes special food-related events for the Harvard and Cambridge community. The best way to hear about these great events is to sign up for our list serve. Some events include:

  • Cooking Class Series: The Food Literacy Project coordinates multiple cooking classes with HUDS's chefs and FLP Fellows. Keep a look out for our 2014-2015 cooking class series, or join our mailing list to hear about upcoming events.
  • Field Trip Series: During the fall FLP organizes field trips to local farms (such as Natick Organics, The Food Project, and Soluna Garden Farm to name a few). During the winter we organize field trips to local food producers and other food-related enterprises (such as Lilly's Fresh Pasta, Costa Foods, and Taza Chocolate to name a few). Some field trips are full day, most are half day and some are a few hours.
  • Lectures, panel discussions, and other talks: One of FLP's goals is to increase the academic dialog around the food system. FLP acts as a network to connect those at Harvard and beyond who are working to improve our food system. FLP organizes opportunities for scholars and leaders to share their work and ideas with the wider world.
  • Film Screenings: With so many current issues and ideas connecting to the food system, we have lots of great new food-related films to show. During nice weather we show films outside at the student garden, sometimes we pair film screenings with panel discussions or talk-backs. We are always open to suggestions of films to show.
  • Student-focused events: These are primarily student-coordinated and include tours of the dining hall kitchens, lunch chats with professors, and study breaks for
  • Volunteering: The Food Literacy Project organizes food-related volunteer days with groups such as City Sprouts and the Boston Food Bank.

FLP as a network: FLP can help connect those who are working on food-related issues across many disciplines and departments at Harvard. One resource we have for students to connect with food-related academics is a list of all the food-related classes offered each semester. Check it out!

Gardens: HUDS and FLP are sponsors of the Harvard Community Garden.

Farmers' Markets: The Food Literacy Project runs the Farmers' Market at Harvard (Tuesdays 12-6 June through October and 11-4 in November).

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

Connect with us

Follow HUCE to stay updated on energy and the environment at Harvard and beyond.

Subscribe to our mailing list