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Beth Bridgeman is an associate professor of Cooperative Education. She teaches a series of Reskilling and Resilience courses, exploring seed-resilience, plant medicine, regenerative agriculture and commensality. Her pedagogy includes peer-to-peer teaching within a democratic educational framework. Beth directs cooperative education partnerships in sustainability, environmental science, biomedical science, and alternative education. She is co-op liaison to the science division and to the Japanese language and culture program. A recipient of a faculty excellence award from the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, she is also an Oral History in the Liberal Arts Faculty Fellow, receiving funding for her project “Re-establishing a Seed Commons through Oral History Methodology” with support from the Mellon Foundation. Her concurrent research, “Pedagogies of Nature: Shinto, Spiritual Ecology, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge” recently received National Endowment for the Arts funding through the Great Lakes College Association.



Beth develops partnerships and field-based agro-ecology, Japanese cultural immersion and experiential education opportunities for Antioch students. Recent community-engaged opportunities have included a mud oven design-build, seed school, and fermentation workshops. She has led student trips to Seed-Saver Exchange and The Land Institute. In 2017, she designed a four-college residency with the Rich Earth Institute, during which students built a prototype urine-diverting compost toilet and learned about human nutrient recapture and in 2016 offered Ohayo-Ohio: an eight day Japanese symposium of 30 workshops, presentations, and films. She maintains relationships with alumni and partners in New England, California, Japan and Colorado. Current interests include basket-making, indigo shibori, soap-making, biodynamic agriculture and "mending as resistance".

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       Recent Presentations

Kentucky Organic Association conference, virtual, January 26-30, 2021. Seed Sovereignty: How to Save Seed and Why You Should.

Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions. September 25-27,2020. Seed School.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference, Spokane, Washington, October 27-30, 2019. Food, Forage, Farm, Feast: Teaching Reskilling, Sustainability and Commensality at Antioch College.

Society of Ethnobiology conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 4, 2019.

The Antioch College Apothecary: Place-Based Experiential Learning.

Environmental Education Council of Ohio conference, Perrysville, OH. April 5, 2019. The Outdoor Apothecary: Teas and Tinctures, Syrups and Salves.

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association conference, Dayton, Ohio, February 16, 2019.

How to Save Seed and Why You Should: Seed Law.

The Ohio State University, February 2, 2019. College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Seedsaving and Community Resilience.

School of the Alternative Residency, Black Mountain, North Carolina. May 24-29, 2019. Decolonizing Herbalism.

University of Dayton Lifelong Learning Institute, Oct 2, 2019. Seed Sovereignty.

Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions Pathways to Regeneration: Soil, Food and Plant Medicine conference, Nov 1, 2019. Decolonizing Herbalism.

Ohio State University Extension, Springfield, Ohio, Sept 25, 2019. Advanced Seed-saving.



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