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The Pick-Your-Own Farms of Leeds Manor Road: Sowing Community, Harvesting Memory, and Producing a Way of Life in the Post-Rural Economy

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dc.contributor.advisor Shutika, Debra Lattanzi
dc.contributor.author Stryker, Kim D
dc.creator Stryker, Kim D
dc.date 2014-12-05
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-24T15:28:06Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-05T07:40:45Z
dc.date.issued 2015-03-24
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/9213
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the ways in which family farmers along Leeds Manor Road in Fauquier County, Virginia are able to shape their identity as farmers through their “pick-your-own” businesses. By continuing the tradition of farming in this post-rural economy, these farm families are preserving a way of life for themselves and their community. Inviting the public to participate in farming by allowing “pick-your-own” has implications for identity that are challenging and also create opportunities for further self-definition and creativity. Analysis of the history of farming in the region highlights that these farm families work both within a tradition and also innovate beyond that tradition. Changing times and increased pressure have created stresses on these farms, but also provided the impetus for this group of farmers to demonstrate creative placemaking and problem solving, while imprinting the land with their own personalities and locally determined sense of place.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject folklore en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject Fauquier County en_US
dc.subject Virginia en_US
dc.subject farm en_US
dc.subject orchard en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject culture en_US
dc.title The Pick-Your-Own Farms of Leeds Manor Road: Sowing Community, Harvesting Memory, and Producing a Way of Life in the Post-Rural Economy en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.note This thesis has been embargoed for 5 years and will not be available until December 5, 2019. en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Interdisciplinary Studies en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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