Sarah Cramer

Sarah Cramer

Brown Visiting Teacher-Scholar Fellow 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.

  • Ph.D., agricultural education, University of Missouri
  • M.P.H., University of Missouri
  • B.A., 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

Areas of Expertise

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


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 Ph.D. 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