Publication Date

Summer 7-20-2012

Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Tatsushi Arai, Ph.D

Abstract

Despite a worldwide push for the conversion of conventional agriculture to organic agriculture, organic farming itself is not a very popular vocational choice for young people. Brattleboro, one of the towns in Vermont, is no exception. Although several local organizations are promoting local agriculture and food security, in reality, not many young people in Brattleboro want to choose organic agriculture as their career.

With a total of 17 in-depth qualitative interviews with young adults in the Brattleboro area, this inquiry sought to identify a range of factors that would motivate them to choose organic agriculture as their career. The results of this research could be helpful to advise organic farmers or individuals in the Brattleboro area who are interested in attracting more young human resources to be engaged in organic agriculture, in order to revitalize local agriculture and maintain food security in Brattleboro.

Disciplines

Agricultural and Resource Economics | Agriculture | Civic and Community Engagement | Community-Based Research | Community College Leadership