Presentation Title

Growing Relations: The Intersection of Food and Farm Security in Chittenden County, Vermont

Presenter's Name(s)

Claire E. TylkeFollow

Abstract

Chittenden County, Vermont is experiencing the national phenomenon of mounting food insecurity. While the visible majority of residents in this area are active in and place a high valuation on the “local food market”, there is an equally large population of individuals experiencing food insecurity. This demographic is prevented from accessing these markets due to various limited resources. The conversation surrounding this issue is growing, however it often excludes the perspective of those producing and distributing food in the county. Using qualitative research methods, this study explores how farmers within Chittenden County understand the issue of food insecurity, the role they play in mitigation and the relationship between food insecurity and the matter of farm security.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Teresa Mares

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Program/Major

Anthropology

Primary Research Category

Arts & Humanities

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Growing Relations: The Intersection of Food and Farm Security in Chittenden County, Vermont

Chittenden County, Vermont is experiencing the national phenomenon of mounting food insecurity. While the visible majority of residents in this area are active in and place a high valuation on the “local food market”, there is an equally large population of individuals experiencing food insecurity. This demographic is prevented from accessing these markets due to various limited resources. The conversation surrounding this issue is growing, however it often excludes the perspective of those producing and distributing food in the county. Using qualitative research methods, this study explores how farmers within Chittenden County understand the issue of food insecurity, the role they play in mitigation and the relationship between food insecurity and the matter of farm security.