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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)

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,



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)



Oyster case study website access– fixed!

Hi Terroirists,

I think that the website access for your Oyster Case studies has been updated.  In theory, if you changed group numbers, then you now have access to the new group number case study.  In order for this to occur, I had to “invite” you to your new group– in which case you will have an email asking you to confirm this.  Please let me know if at this point you cannot access your new/correct group case study site.  If you did not change group numbers, you likely did not get an email asking for confirmation.

To be clear, you should still have access to your Tea website from earlier in the quarter to update and complete as needed.


Please let me know if there any difficulties, and sorry it took me so long to figure this out and make it work.


See you tomorrow at the Artist Lecture series (required) and hope you have a productive week!




Terroir website updates

Hi Terroirists,

Please note that the Winter Week 8 of the website has been updated to include a guide– Read it– and general details of the week (icluding details of the still-required Art Lecture Series).  The guide has important information regarding components to work during work Week 8 and details regarding due dates over the rest of the quarter.

Importantly, we have posted details of the new Chocolate + _____ Terroir pairing assignment, discussed in class and in the guide, under Program Documents.

Thank you!

Oyster website– Access issues will be fixed Monday

Hi Terroir students,

Group number were  identified  and posted under announcements– so you know which group you are in.  Unfortunately I am having trouble giving access to specific Oyster websites to specific groups.  I will look into this on Monday with help from Computer Staff.  In the mean time, please view the assignment components in the Oyster Assignment file under program documents and, and start working on the components using a word processing program, or maybe start working on the movie component of the assignment.  I will email the class once I have completed updating access for each Oyster website.

Thank you! 

NEW Case study groups

Hi Folks,

Here are your group numbers for the rest of the quarter.  I believe that these line up with what I was told– please email me (Abir, biswasa@) if you have any questions.

Cummins        1

DeLao             1

Nord               1

Caicedo           2

Sierant            2

Urman                        2

Young             2

Dunn-Wilder 3

Kirchoff          3

Larson                        3

Moore             4

Plenty Wolf    4

Siongco           4

Burghardi      5

Hayhoe           5

Sloan               5

Wegner          5

Cavanaugh     6

Jordan                        6

Mcgrath          6

Tuttle              6

Gruett             7

Holtrop           7

Lattery            7

App                 8

Feighery         8

Freeman         8

Weaver           8

Carouso          9

Garcia                         9

Mousseau       9

Snody             9

Cranmer         10

Landrieu Murphy     10

Tuchel                        10

Threatt           10

Carlton           11

Hantula          11

Tippy              11

Kahn               12

Lane                12

Needham       12

Allen               13

Lindgren        13

Moffett           13

Su                    13

Antonio           14

Dillon              14

Van Dyck        14

Welch             14

Knuckey         15

Taylor             15

Hammond      16

Saunders        16

Wei                 16

Zion                 16

Day     not doing case study/videos

Payne    not doing case study/videos



Student groups for rest of the quarter– please read

Hi Terroirists,

As many of you know from yesterday (Thursday) we wanted to let you switch around Case Study groups if you wanted to– which several folks who were present on Thursday started doing.  In case you missed class on Thursday, you can of course switch groups around as well– with the idea of setting the groups by Week 7 Tuesday (2/16) as you all get working on your Oyster websites.  To be clear, this will be your group for the rest of the quarter starting with the Oyster websites.  In particular if you were absent, we would encourage you to be in contact with classmates to produce a group for next week.  We would ask 3-person groups to consider adding a 4th member (maybe during class next Tuesday), to facilitate group formation for all students.

So a reminder: Please make sure your group includes 3 or 4 students.  We would encourage you to consider including students from Fall and Winter. Please make sure to be welcoming to students (in general) and please make sure that your past and current group members are aware if you are planning on switching groups.  We noticed that scheduling was particularly difficult for some groups, so please make sure to all be on the same page regarding how you will be working together to produce websites and movies over the rest of the quarter.


Have a great weekend!

Abir (for Terroir faculty)

Readings (for field trip)– but also for anyone interested

Hi Terroirists,

Here are some readings particularly related to the Week 3-4 field trip, but potentially of interest to other members of the Terroir program. 

I will be bringing copies of the following readings on the field trip for students traveling (there will be 2 copies for each van!)– and anyone staying on campus is welcome to read them as well.  They cover topics related to where we will be driving (Sierras), studies of potential effects of climate change on California, and agriculture in particular, as well as concerns about water and water quality in the Central Valley of California.

Sierra Nevadas

Read this: http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/parks/province/pacifmt.html

Read this: http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Sierra-Nevada-mountains-still-reaching-for-the-sky-3541355.php

Effects of Climate change

Read this: http://giannini.ucop.edu/media/are-update/files/issues/V18N1.pdf

Read this:  NCA3_Full_Report_06_Agriculture_LowRes

Additional readings:



Groundwater in California


San Joaquin Valey ( California) water


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