Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 217–224 | Cite as

Place, work, and civic agriculture: Common fields for cultivation

  • Laura B. DeLind


``Civic agriculture'' identifies adiverse and growing body of food and farmingenterprises fitted to the needs of localgrowers, consumers, rural economies, andcommunities. The term lends shape andlegitimacy to development paradigms that existin opposition to the global,corporately-dominated food system. Civicagriculture also widens the scope of ag-relatedconcerns, moving away from a strictlymechanistic focus on production and capitalefficiency, and toward the more holisticreintegration of people in place. To date,researchers and practitioners have attendedclosely to the economic benefits of newmarketing arrangements and institutions (e.g.,value-added co-ops, CSAs, and farmer'smarkets). Local food and farming has a criticalrole to play in the development of analternative commerce. At the same time, this isonly half the promise of civic agriculture.Civic agriculture can (and should) promotecitizenship and environmentalism within bothrural and urban settings not only throughmarket-based models of economic behavior, butthrough common ties to place and physicalengagement with that place.

Community Citizenship Civic agriculture Local food and farming Place Work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura B. DeLind
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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