The Arabic Program at Sewanee has established an innovative program meant to advance language learning and the university farm, called يالله نزرع لغتنا (let’s grow our language). The program will provide students of Arabic with an opportunity to practice common expressions in colloquial Egyptian Arabic outside the classroom while mastering a limited, practical vocabulary set by learning new skills and accomplishing practical tasks in the target language. It is hoped that the program will also help students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the food they consume, along with some technical understanding of the process of food production. While being exposed to the mission and work of the University Farm, students will be introduced to unfamiliar plants and foods that are staples in the Egyptian diet.
Arabic Students will be working on the University Farm on Sundays between 3 and 5 p.m.
Farm manager Carolyn Hoagland has already planted ملخية (mulukhiyya)--a leaf typically made into soup in Egypt--for students to harvest and prepare during the Advent semester.