Farmers and Foodies
Throughout the summer I will be participating in a research project that is attempting to understand the role farmers play within the rising alternative food movement in the United States. Although the alternative food system has inspired food system activists, academics and community organizers to re-localize the food system through farm-to-table restaurants, farmer’s markets, and community supported agriculture, the experiences of farmers in such activities has not been explored in relation to their current role in the conventional food system. Additionally, the extent to which the “rural-urban divide” is either perpetuated or reconciled within local food systems will be explored.
Message To SponsorI am incredibly grateful for this opportunity as it allows me to attend a conference for which I can aid in presenting this research. URAP has allowed me the opportunity to seek out research opportunities outside of my major, and I am incredibly excited to see this project to its completion which would not be possible without this stipend.
Major: Molecular and Cell Biology - Cell and Developmental Biology
Mentor: Professor De Master
Sponsor: Leadership Fund