Sarah Cramer

Sarah Cramer

Visiting Assistant Professor in Sustainable Food Systems

Sarah Cramer uses qualitative methods to explore the human dimensions of alternative food networks. She is particularly interested in examining school gardens as agents of change within the food system and public education system.

  • PhD, agricultural education, University of Missouri
  • M.P.H., University of Missouri
  • BA, biology, Truman State University


Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Food Studies
  • Seeds of Equity: Exploring race, class, and gender in our food system
  • Beginning Practicum for Sustainable Food Production
  • FSEM: The Secret Life of Bees

Areas of Expertise

  • Food and agriculture
  • Alternative food networks
  • Non-formal education
  • Garden-based learning
  • Beekeeping


Sarah Cramer is a Brown Visiting Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Sustainable Food Systems. Her current work examines the transformative potential of elementary school gardens within both the food system and public education system. Other research interests include critical studies of gender in agriculture, scholarship of teaching and learning, and place-based environmental and food system education. She enjoys bringing her background in non-formal, experiential education to the college classroom, and has received grants to study critical food system pedagogy. Additionally, she demonstrates her commitment to the everyday praxis of food system transformation through engagement in alternative food networks, beekeeping, gardening, and food preparation and preservation. She earned her PhD in agricultural education and her M.P.H. from the University of Missouri and earned her BA in biology from Truman State University.


  • Scholarship of food and agriculture
  • Food system transformation
  • Critical food system pedagogies
  • Community-engaged scholarship


  • Cramer, S. E. & Ball, A. L. (2019). Wild leaves on narrow STEMs: Exploring formal and non-formal
    education tensions through garden-based learning. Journal of Agricultural Education, 60(4), 35-52.
  • Cramer, S. E., Ball, A. L., & Hendrickson, M. K. (2019). "Our school system is trying to be agrarian":
  • Educating for re-skilling and food system transformation in the rural school garden. Agriculture & Human Values, 36(3), 507-519.
  • Cramer, S. E. (2019) [Review of the book Food studies: A hands-on guide, by Willa Zhen]. Food, Culture, & Society.
  • Cramer, S. (2019). Finding sweet success in beekeeping education projects. The Agricultural Education Magazine, 91(4), 9-10.
  • Cramer, S. (2017). CSA box turtle. [Acrylic painting and essay]. Graduate Journal of Food Studies, 4(2).
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  • Cramer, S. (2017). Cross-pollination of agricultural literacy: Engaging diverse perspectives through formal and non-formal collaboration. The Agricultural Education Magazine, 90(2), 11-13.