Graduate Student Grants, 2012
Community supported agriculture and the complexities of survival
Grantee: Robert Wengronowitz. Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA
Faculty advisor: Juliet Shor
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is still a relatively new farming model, and it’s not always clear why some CSAs survive or the factors that impact survival. The student will use a combination of surveys, interviews, and observation of current and past CSA farmers in Massachusetts to determine best practices and what to avoid; the goal is to support better revenue and working conditions for farmers, and to improve shareholder experience. Results in the form of a report will go out to CSA farmers and be presented at meetings and through articles and web materials.
Project number: GNE12-048