The WFSC has offered a two-week, intensive food systems summer school regularly since 2013.
Our overarching approach for the WFSC summer schools was derived from the principles of Education for Sustainable Development (E S D) as applied to the academic shortcourse programs organized under an initia tive known as Youth Encounter on Sustainability (YES) (Grant 2009, 2013).
The WFSC promotes the courses widely both within Switzerland and internationally through a variety of networks, including our alumni network.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Mercator Foundation Switzerland and the Swiss National Science Foundation (through the projects Delivering Food Security on Limited Land within the NRP 68 and FACCE JPI, and YAMSYS within the r4d program), which has enabled the WFSC to develop and implement the summer school program.
The WFSC on Fort Sam Houston is the only one of its kind, offering a safe environment for military families to reconnect during medical treatment and restart their lives with the full support of the military community.
The WFSC provides coordinated services to patients, next-of-kin and extended family members with a primary focus on OIF and OEF warriors.
The WFSC schedules over 48 activities every month with opportunities to attend sporting events, movie nights, plays at the Majestic Theatre, concerts, fiestas, shopping trips, luncheons, dinners, bingo, fishing trips and more.
Goods, services and money donated by businesses, churches, schools and private individuals help keep the WFSC supplied with items such as phone cards, games and baked goods.
Originally hosted in a 1,200 square foot office, the WFSC now boasts 12,000 square feet of space, including kitchen facilities, learning facility for computerized training, private counseling rooms, business center, game room and large social gathering area.
Depression and boredom can be common and the WFSC provides a means of combatting these issues, including offering books, movies and other forms of entertainment.
The WFSC has also initiated an expansion project, dubbed "Phase II," to incorporate therapeutic gardens and recreational areas adjacent to the center to help promote mental, emotional and physical health.
Much of the work of running the WFSC and caring for the wounded soldiers is done by volunteer staff, and much of the center's operation is made possible by private donations.