$2,500 winner

School: Cornell University

PhD candidate in Development Sociology

Farmers of the 21st century will not only be tasked with growing food, but also with restoring and maintaining ecological functioning in a time of climate change. That is, the next generation of farmers must manage farms for their multi-functionality.

…Many of these young farmers don’t come from farming families and they face a number of difficult barriers to entry. These include access to land, credit, and markets, knowledge and training, and health care, among others. However, these barriers are not insurmountable. Local initiatives to re-vitalize the farming sector have developed innovative, placed-based solutions to these problems. My research aims to explore the short- and long-term efforts of California farmers and farmer organizations to overcome these barriers. Such efforts include innovative models of land access, new forms of finance, and the creation of new markets.“