Individuals and communities across the country are seeking to change the current food system to one that is more just and secure and where more food is produced and consumed locally. Designating land for food production can be the start of a local food system and is influenced by citizens' perceptions and values of land use. This research project engages Flagstaff citizens in a community-based participatory research method, photovoice, to assess their perceptions and values associated with identifying land for food production, evaluates any resulting changes to sense of place and community, and examines avenues for individual and communal engagement. Results from this study show participants identify an increased potential for land to be in food production; numerous, interconnected values associated with land use for food production, among them ecological, utilitarian, agrarian, and community values; and a consideration for private property. That participants expressed so much opportunity for food production, directly and indirectly, in specific sites was hopeful, but sobering when countered with stated needs for other human and non-human requirements. Participants indicated that as a result of this project they feel more empowered in their local food system, their community, and their involvement in creating change.
|Advisor:||Fernandez, Luis A., Sell, James L.|
|Commitee:||Gumerman, George J., Kirkby, Benjamin|
|School:||Northern Arizona University|
|Department:||College of Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 51/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Community, Land, Land values, Photovoice|
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