“Our market is our community”: women farmers and civic agriculture in Pennsylvania, USA [Book Review]

Agriculture and Human Values 27 (1):43-55 (2010)

Civic agriculture is characterized in the literature as complementary and embedded social and economic strategies that provide economic benefits to farmers at the same time that they ostensibly provide socio-environmental benefits to the community. This paper presents some ways in which women farmers practice civic agriculture. The data come from in-depth interviews with women practicing agriculture in Pennsylvania. Some of the strategies women farmers use to make a living from the farm have little to do with food or agricultural products, but all are a product of the process of providing a living for farmers while meeting a social need in the community. Most of the women in our study also connect their business practices to their gender identity in rural and agricultural communities, and redefine successful farming in opposition to traditional views of economic rationality
Keywords Civic agriculture  Cultural economy  Gender  Public goods  Sustainable agriculture  Women farmers
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DOI 10.1007/s10460-008-9190-5
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