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Aria’s Oyster Lyrics

When I put the shell up to my lips
 and I taste the meat inside of it
 my mind flies through space and time
 this oyster would be great with wine
 With each chew I go through an
 each time it's new
 tasting the places and the things
 that this little oyster brings
 From the ocean to my mouth
 and it's clear to me
 without a doubt
 that oysters hold the soul of the sea
 salty morsels for you and me
 Purifying whilst providing
 food and love
 yonically smiling
 gender fluid
 blind to dying
 the coolest shellfish without even trying
 As a little spat you flew till you settled down
 and then grew
 keeping the waters blue and
 turning waste into something new
 oysters we thank you giving us a way to explore
 the depths of the deep blue sea
 while sitting on land beneath a tree
 oysters we thank you for
 allowing us to taste the ocean's floor
 we couldn't ask for anything more
 than the part you play upon the shore
 we love youuuuu
 we love you

Due Eval Week

Due before or at time of evaluation meeting:  
(1) Student Self-Evaluation of work for which credit will be awarded winter quarter (submitted to seminar faculty, due 9am Thursday Week 9); 
(2) Student Evaluation of each program faculty member (Biswas, Scheuerell, and Williams).  Please use forms available at my.evergreen.edu or bring paper copies (on separate sheets) to your evaluation meeting with your faculty.
If you have not submitted/brought  these documents to your evaluation meeting, then you will not be able to have your evaluation conference.

Public Access to Media Projects and Human Subjects Research

Terroir Students,

Today in class we handed out a policy update to inform students about managing their media projects on publicly available web sites. This policy is posted under program documents on this website. For students that will be continuing spring quarter please read the Human Subjects Research Review Criteria file that is also posted under program documents. We will be covering this week 1 and expect students to be familiar with the issues raised in the document. Any project that would require human subjects research review would need to start this process no later than week 2 to ensure timely review and approval before projects begin week 6 of spring quarter.

Week 9 Thursday– handout and 11am (TODAY) local field study meeting

Hi Terroirists,

As you know we have reserved time today in the computer lab to work on your upcoming assignments.  We are expecting that folks working on these assignments will attend today.   We asked that Groups 1-8 use time in the morning and Groups 9-16 use time in the afternoon.  There appear to be plenty of free computers so feel free to attend for more than just the morning or afternoon session.

Please note that we have a handout for you to pick up today regarding group work — that will be DUE Tuesday (3/8) at 9am.

Ellen Shortt Sanchez will be here at 11am (as posted)– She is the Director of Evergreen’s Center for Community-Based Learning and Action, and will be sharing info about local terroir-related field study opportunities for spring quarter.  Please plan to attend if you want to do a local field study in the Terroir program spring quarter. 


See you at some point today,

Abir (and Sarah and Steve)

Week 9 UPDATED: Please READ


9-12  Chocolate + paired tasting in our usual space E1107

        -9:00 to 9:20 “Marketing Terroir: Tasting Beer” with Archer Hobson-Ritz

        -9:30-12 noon: Guests–Sam and Sandy Desner, Carla and Dean Jones– for this presentation include Olympia’s Encore Chocolate and Teas and Salish Sea Organic Liqueurs

Cultural Studies Reading: Taste Culture Reader ch 30 (304-316) plus excerpts from Bittersweet Journey:  A Modestly Erotic Novel of Love, Longing, and Chocolate (Futterman PDF pp 15-16; 67-68)

1:30-4:30 Tasting Lab followed by independent project presentations with tastings in the Longhouse

In program ILC presentation and tastings- Tentative schedule/titles below

  • 1:30 to 1:50   Evolution of Chinese food outside China: Authenticity
    with “Chinese” food with Otto to support discussion of “Authenticity”
  • 1:50 to 2:20  Terroir of Foods from the Cascades with Bonnie, Ze, Daniel and Lydia and honey/salt lollipop tasting
  •  2:20 to 2:40  Mycology Presentation with Connor, Ben, Jimmy
  • 2:40 to 3:00  “To Brie or Not to Brie” with Valerie

3 to 4:30 Chocolate Tasting Lab, incl. Stuckey.  Bring your Stuckey text.

Reading:  Stuckey ch 6 “How the Pros Taste”

WPreLab 6 is DUE Tuesday by 1 PM online at the Terroir Canvas Winter Site (see link in right column at the bottom of the WordPress program site or enter through your myevergreen.edu).   Wtr PreLab 6 is posted on the canvas winter quarter site.  DO NOT TRY TO USE THE FWS CANVAS SITE, RATHER USE THE WINTER CANVAS SITE ONLY.

Please remember to wash your hands with soap on arrival in the Longhouse.  Please bring a water bottle for palate cleansing.


9:30-11 Seminar: Required reading The New Taste of Chocolate (Presilla) pages 52-125 plus preparing 1 recipe from pages 143-226 in preparation for your video of this chocolate recipe paired with the taste of another terroir-laden food of your choice.  Arrange to borrow the text if you do not have it and do not want to buy it. Some copies are available in the Greener Bookstore (2.10.16).

Due: Seminar Writing Assignment patterned after weeks 6 and 7:  1) Identify a thesis for Presilla’s text;  2) identify a thesis for Futterman’s Bittersweet Journey excerpts (Futterman PDF); 3) provide  supporting evidence for the theses as suggested in this quarter’s Seminar Writing Assignment; 4) conclude with 1-3 sentences that compare and contrast the two thesis; 5) have someone proofread your paper, revise, and type the word count next to your name.

11:15-12:45 Anthropocene Lecture Series

Politics in the Age of Environmental Thinking, Andrew Culp

Requried Reading: The Non-political Politics of Climate Change by Erick Swyngedouw

“What happens to the concept of ‘politics’ when ecological crises
become the leading threat to our way of life? Or more provocatively,
what happens when governance ‘no longer confronts us like a subject
facing us, but an environment that is hostile to us’? In this talk, I
discuss how the traditional concept of politics as conflict is
reconfigured by the ecological milieu, a diffusion of complex forces,
and non-human actors.”

Andrew Culp is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Studies at
Whitman College. His work is on the cultural study of new paradigms of power. He recently completed a manuscript, Dark Deleuze and the Death of This World, and his work has appeared in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, parallax, Radical Philosophy, and Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action.


UPDATE:  Ellen Shortt-Sanchez, Director of Evergreen’s Center for Community-Based Learning and Action, will meet with us in LIB 2617 from 11-12 to share info about local terroir-related field study opportunities for spring quarter.  Please plan to attend if you want to do a local field study in the Terroir program spring quarter.  http://evergreen.edu/communitybasedlearning/

Video and web page groups – reserved computer lab time and written reflections guided by faculty. 

9-12 Computer Lab LIB 2617 time for Group A; Case Study Work Time Group B

1-4 Computer Lab LIB 2617 time for Group B; Case Study Work Time Group A


10:30-12:00 In program ILC students meet in SEM2, E3105. Be prepared to share progress and challenges for each of your learning goals.

Due: Oyster video and website – by 5 PM

Evergreen Alert– Campus closed today– alternate meeting location (Starbucks at 10:30)

Hi Terroirists,

Just so you know, I received the following email  from the college this morning: 

CAMPUS ADVISORY: Olympia Campus Closed Friday Due to Water and Power Outages
Evergreen’s Olympia campus is closed on Friday, February 26 due to water and power outages. Offices are closed and daytime classes and activities are cancelled. We’ll provide more information about evening and weekend classes and activities later today. Watch for email, postings to our home page and notifications from our e2campus emergency notification system.

Please stay safe.  There is a good chance that I will be on campus briefly to pick up books etc. but without power (and water) I am unlikely to stay on campus.

I had indicated that I would be available, particularly to in-program ILC students– so I will plan to move my 10:30-11:30 availability to inside the Starbucks on Cooper Point.


Thank you,



On-Campus Project Offer – RAD sustainability internships

My name is Cecelia Verde, I work with RAD on the Sustainable Grounds crew. I am writing after having read your program description. The independent projects your students will participate in during spring quarter sound really exciting. I wanted to let you know that we offer internships through RAD Sustainability during spring quarter that would allow students to follow up with any passion sparked at Demeter’s Garden. An intern would likely help us plant both edible and inedible plants, maintain and learn about the aquaponic greenhouse we have on campus and any other tasks they wish to take on. Should this sound like it may contribute to your students’ spring plans I encourage you to pass this message along! We can be reached by phone and email with any questions. 
Thank you,
Cecelia Verde
Sustainable Grounds


Website access– administrator and log in troubles

Hi Terroir students,

 I just worked with Amy to manually add each student to be an “Administrator” to the correct Oyster case study group (so at this point you can ignore the website “invitations” I sent yesterday).  Several of you had already been added, either by Bridget/Amy, or by accepting my invite, and at this point I believe that you have all been correctly added to the correct Oyster website.

In speaking with Amy, she had a suggestion for why students who are currently administrators on the correct website are still having trouble editing.  The issue maybe that students are not logged in correctly.

When you log in to the view our regular Terroir site, our site is under “sites.evergreen.edu” and thus you get logged in to “Sites”.  However it turns out that each of Oyster case study sites is under “blogs.evergreen.edu” — and thus you also need to log into “Blogs” in order to edit your Oyster Case study website.  To log in to blogs, please go to “blogs.evergreen.edu” and press the “Login/Sign up” button. Then go back to your respective Oyster site and you should have a black dashboard bar at the top and you should be able to edit your website.

Hope this makes sense and please let me know if you are having difficulties.  I will be joining Sarah tomorrow (Thursday) from 11-12 in our reserved Library 2617 room if you have any questions.








New deadline for WPreLab5 (Week 8)

Hi Terroir Students,

To support your successful learning this quarter,including an 80% pass rate on 80% of the PreLabs, we have extended the deadline for WPreLab5 (based on Stuckey reading for Week 8)– it is now Friday (2/26/16) at 5pm.



Abir (and Sarah and Steve)



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