BritParis trip is a special spring break experience

This past March, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty members Melissa Hendrickson and Ron Campbell led a group of 35 participants, mainly CALS students, for a European spring break to remember in London, Paris and the countryside of England. BritParis ’11 was the first of a new annual trip open to CALS students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff. Aimed at giving the travelers lessons in international agribusiness, the trip also included famous attractions, like the Eiffel Tower and the Tower of London.

Hendrickson is an agribusiness instructor, and Campbell is an instructor of agricultural business law, both in the CALS Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE).

Prior to the trip, students studied the significance of the destinations in a three-hour credit course.
Tour activities included agricultural events at London’s New Spitalfield Market, an international fruit and vegetable distribution center; the Clyne Farm Center, an agritourism operation; the National Botanical Gardens of Wales; and Writtle College, with its equine and swine studies specialization.

There will an opportunity for a group of 44 participants to replicate the experience with Britain Paris Edinburgh ’12.

“We’re taking reservations for the next adventure in 2012,” Campbell said. For information, go to

—Terri Leith

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