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Organic FuturesStruggling for Sustainability on the Small Farm$
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Connor J Fitzmaurice and Brian J. Gareau

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300199451

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300199451.001.0001

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Who Farms?

Who Farms?

(p.139) Five Who Farms?
Organic Futures

Connor J. Fitzmaurice

Brian J. Gareau

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how the individuals working at Scenic View Farm, along with the fifteen other farmers and farm workers interviewed in this book, ended up pursuing jobs in agriculture. The chapter situates these farmers in comparison to national averages in terms of age, education, and political ideology. Lifestyle concerns dominated their career decisions, and they overwhelmingly wanted a career that would keep them out of the office and in the outdoors. For them, farming was the best way to achieve the lifestyle they desired. Most also wanted to farm organically, or at least sustainably, fearing that pesticides would prevent their full enjoyment of the lifestyle. Some drew on themes of agrarianism to frame their work as a solution to the problems of modern life. The chapter also examines how the diverse lifestyle concerns of these individuals shaped concrete farming and business practices, such as whether to pursue wholesale arrangements with large market actors like Whole Foods. As a whole, these farmers made choices to maintain practices and identities through which they could live lives consonant with their visions of good, honest work.

Keywords:   Farmer, Career, Politics, Education, Age, Lifestyle, Agrarianism

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