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An assessment of SARE-funcled farmer research on sustainable agriculture in the north central U.S.

  • Margaret M. Kroma (a1) and Cornelia Butler Flora (a2)


Emergent research shows how some farmer groups in the United States are gaining visibility as a critical knowledge community, making important contributions to the ecological health and overall sustainability of the natural resource base. This study focuses on funded farmer research projects in the north central region, to analyze the process and outcome of local inquiry embodied in the discursive contents of reports to a funding agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. The analyses suggest that farmers' locality-specific agricultural practices may constitute a reflective and learning community, generating local knowledge keenly attuned to an underlying value system that supports actions towards sustainability.


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An assessment of SARE-funcled farmer research on sustainable agriculture in the north central U.S.

  • Margaret M. Kroma (a1) and Cornelia Butler Flora (a2)


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