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Rural Food Justice: A Participant Action Research Project

With Tatiana Abatemarco, Ph.D.

Our region, the Adirondack North Country of New York, is home to a small, sustainable farming resurgence, but it is also a location with both extreme wealth and extreme poverty.

In this talk, Tatiana will describe preliminary findings from a Participant Action Research Project in the North Country. This research project began through her work with the Food Justice Working Group, a coalition of individuals and non-profits including Craigardan, to hold a food justice summit on March 1, 2018. The goal of the summit, titled "FEED BACK: Growing and Sharing the Abundance," was to bring together regional stakeholders including representatives from businesses, farms, community groups, government agencies, and social service beneficiaries. At the summit, she initiated a participant action research project with the aim of identifying priority food justice projects for the region. The first step in data collection was a “road mapping activity,” which brought all of the summit participants together to brainstorm priority projects, and anticipate challenges and opportunities in the work for regional food justice. In addition to data collection at the summit, she will be completing follow up interviews with social service beneficiaries and individuals who struggle with food and economic security in the region.

Tatiana will speak about the power of Participant Action Research to contribute to progressive food justice movements, her preliminary findings based on the road mapping activity at the summit, and preliminary data from the interview project which is underway this summer. She will address the particular challenges and opportunities of food justice work in this rural region.



Dr. Tatiana Abatemarco is a Lecturer in the Environmental Program at the University of Vermont with an appointment through the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Prior to holding this position, she was a Scholar in Residence at Green Mountain College, where she taught in the Masters of Sustainable Food Systems and Masters in Resilient and Sustainable Communities Graduate Programs. She also held the rank of Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Paul Smith’s College.

Dr. Abatemarco received a PhD in Natural Resources, with a focus in Environmental Thought and Culture, from the University of Vermont and a Masters degree in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. Her areas of interest are sustainable food systems, environmental humanities, and ecofeminism.

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