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The purpose of this project was to situate northeastern organic agriculture within the greater, more complex world of organic food. I sought to discover what makes it important and viable in the small rural communities that compose much of the area. What I learned had less to do with organics and much more to do with 'localness.' Farmers and other producers interviewed and researched repeatedly cited localness as one of the most important things to them. These people care not just about their businesses, but about the areas they inhabit. Their consumers also see lots of appeal in local food and it would appear that it tends to trump organic food most of the time. However, local and organic frequently go hand-in-hand here in New England.
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Bachelor of Arts
Merrill, George, "Organic Agriculture in the Northeast: Decentralized Food and Healthy Local Communities" (2016). Standard Theses. 112.
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