Food for Local Tables: Willamette Valley Farmers Re-embedding Agriculture into Local Community, Environment, and Economy

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Title: Food for Local Tables: Willamette Valley Farmers Re-embedding Agriculture into Local Community, Environment, and Economy
Author: Foltz, Lindsey Marie, 1981-
Abstract: This study investigates the motivations, influences, techniques, challenges, and perceived opportunities of 11 food producers who are participating in an evolving localized food system near Eugene, Oregon. These producers are resisting the distanced anonymity and negative externalities of mainstream global food production. Interviews reveal participation in a move towards production and distribution that are not only geographically traceable, economically satisfying and ecologically sustainable but that also emphasize reflexive communication between the producer and consumer. Through initial surveying and in-depth interviews, producers identified that producing food for the local market allows them to pursue a meaningful livelihood, respond appropriately to the local environment, and engage more deeply in community. In short their practices and attitudes closely follow the "Civic Agriculture" model. Particularly their focus on local production for the local market, as opposed to a more distanced quality oriented supply chain audit model.
Description: xiii, 161 p. : ill.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/11501
Date: 2011-06


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