Date of Award
Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project
Dr. Mike McGlade
Honors Program Director
Dr. Gavin Keulks
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.
Worley, Rachel N., "Their Farm, Your Table: Sustainability of Small Farms in the Willamette Valley" (2021). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 254.