The Yale Landscape Lab connects over 30 professional schools, departments, organizations, and student groups across campus. Our partners include the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Forestry & Environmental Studies, Management, Architecture, Public Health, Yale College, and many more. Numerous student groups, ranging from Design for America to Y Pop Up to Bee Space, head out to the Landscape Lab to help put their ideas into play.
Yale Cultivate Health
Co-founded by Dr. Sanjeet Baidwan and Justin Freiberg, this program provides research and instruction opportunities to all Yale students, aiming to increase their utilization of available resources to effectively evaluate systems of food, health and disease.
Classes are often held in partnership with the Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Nursing where we work with future health professionals who aim to speak fluently and compassionately with their patients about the important, complex issues of nutrition, health, and food systems. This work has extended to include students from across the University. If we are going to make transformative contributions on this issue, it is going to involve something some new ideas generated through new partnerships and new contexts.
Programs through Yale Cultivate Health usually involve heading back to the source — to the farm and to the patient. If we’re going to equip and inspire patients to change what they eat, we believe that our health care providers stand to gain from a little inspiration themselves. We find the challenge (and joy) of harvesting and converting vegetables from the farm into new dishes to be inspiring — and instructive.
Workshops and Volunteering
YLL staff and interns manage the Lab to maximize opportunities for engagement through workshops and volunteering sessions. Come. Join. No experience needed unless we let you know otherwise.
Interested in getting involved at the Lab through urban farming, agroforestry, beekeeping, medicinal plants, or tapping maple and birch trees? Sign up to the newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to speed.
We offer opportunities to join throughout the year.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
As a member of the Yale Social Entrepreneurship Collaborative, we are part of a network of people, resources and opportunities for students to build their big ideas. At the Landscape Lab, many of these ideas get put into play on the campus itself, a crucial part of pressure testing system-changing innovations.
Our Seedling Awards support innovative ideas that make use of the West Campus landscape to push boundaries and explore issues of local, regional and global importance. Project topics within this opportunity include but are not limited to: urban ecology, green design and building, engineering and innovation, social entrepreneurship, climate change, natural resource management, environmental and social justice, soil management and conservation, international development, food systems, energy systems, health sciences and the environment. Yes, wide boundaries — but the (literal) sky is often the limit of student innovation. Who are we to box them in with a brief description of topics.
We fund a few projects each year — look out for the application announcements. Students who are at Yale for the duration of the project are eligible to apply.
Intensives are multi-session, cohort-based experiential learning opportunities that go deep on a specific topic. Our intensives are run in collaboration with Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, where Justin Freiberg serves as a mentor-in-residence. The 2018-2019 academic year sees us hosting two Intensives focused on Fermentation (Fall) and Ethnobotany and Traditional Food (Spring), after a successful first iteration of a Food Product Design Intensive in Spring 2018. Application dates are noted on the YLL Newsletter.
Beyond Food is a conversation series dedicated to interrogating the role food plays in our society. The program aims to tackle topics related to food and food systems that are not ordinarily covered in academic courses.
Conversations feature the voices of boundary-shifting individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the table. Each event showcases the knowledge and lived experience of various stakeholders including academics, industry professionals, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and of course, our audience, all of whom gather under the stars, around the fire, for these intimate conversations.
Food from the Urban Farm and the surrounding landscape often makes its way into the offerings at these events, further centering these gatherings in the space.
We grow collaborations across Yale and beyond, connecting across schools, departments, organizations, and student groups. These groups are diverse and have varying interests ranging from innovation and entrepreneurship to renewable energy to pollinator habitats to design and industrial ecology.
Our partnerships also extend to working with faculty across departments at Yale, for whom the Landscape Lab acts as a partner and research site. A recent example includes our work with the Klein Lab, part of the Cancer Biology Institute, to explore how royal jelly might prevent cell signaling and growth in cancer cells. If you’re interested in learning more about using YLL for your teaching or research, be in touch with Justin Freiberg.
Yale Agroforestry Collaborative
We work with partner groups across Yale to set up a diversity of sites and learning opportunities focused on this important landscape type. As the YLL site matures, innovative practices and research will play an ever larger role in its maintenance.
Yale Social Entrepreneurship Collaborative
We work with a network of Centers and Programs across campus to support innovation at Yale that aims to solve some of the world’s biggest social and environmental challenges both locally and globally.
The size and heterogeneity of the West Campus landscape provides the opportunity to explore and test new ideas. The 136 acre campus provides opportunities for a host of boundary-spanning projects, all designed to contribute to a more sustainable future.