Graduation Date

Spring 2018

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in Sociology

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Anthony Silvaggio

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Joshua Meisel

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories



Participation in alternative food networks such as farmer’s markets, community supported agriculture (CSA), and community gardens has become an increasingly popular way to express opposition to the current industrial food system. Food justice scholars often criticize alternative food networks for operating within a neoliberal economic framework and suggest that structural inequalities within the food system are not able to be addressed by alternative food networks in the same way they are through food justice or food sovereignty. The goal of this research is to discover individual motivation behind participation in local alternative food networks in Humboldt County. I am curious about how individuals understand or define their participation, if they are aware of structural inequalities in the current food system, and if they believe their participation addresses the socioeconomic and race related injustices inherent in the current food system. I utilized a mix-methods approach including autoethnography, participant observation, a survey, and qualitative in-depth interviews.

Citation Style


IRBapproval.pdf (267 kB)