Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School/College
Environmental Studies Program
Jill Belsky, Laurie Yung
sustainable agriculture, women, farmers, gender, farmer networks, women farmers
University of Montana
Women’s presence in agriculture as farmers, consumers, advocates, and activists has become ever more apparent over the last two decades as census data, popular media, and academic literature increasingly reflect their work. Many of the farmers in western Montana practicing sustainable agriculture are women and have built relationships with other women farmers in the region through existing agriculture-focused organizations like Homegrown and the Western Montana Growers’ Cooperative. Even with the strong presence of these organizations, some women farmers feel there is potential for the formalization of a women farmer network in western Montana that would increase the opportunities for socialization among farmers and provide space to discuss gender-specific experiences of farming. This project describes interviewees’ experiences as women in agriculture, existing communication among women farmers, and explores the potential for a women farmer network in western Montana.
Rocke, Eva Kathryn, "'This Disc is not for a Bird Bath, it's for my Tractor': Exploring Gender, Sustainable Agriculture, and Networks in Western Montana" (2014). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4296.
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