Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Mike McGlade

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

Whether walking down a grocery aisle or strolling through a farmer’s market, everybody eats, which means everybody shops. Oregon’s Willamette Valley is thick with small farms that grow everything from raspberries to rutabaga, but is locally grown produce worth the hype? Despite this rich agricultural area, many people lack knowledge about the importance of local farms, the ways they operate, and how they can be supported. This project explores what it means to farm small, and whether being small is the same as being environmentally friendly and sustainable long-term. Along with research contrasting conventional, organic, and sustainable farming techniques there are editorials on three local farms, and a handful of recipes that can be made using their produce.

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