A Comparative Analysis of Consumer and Farmer Profiles among Farmers' Markets across the Upstate of South Carolina
Student Research Assistant: Mary Soike '13
In this research, a comprehensive and comparative analysis of consumer and farmer profiles (demographics, attitudes, practices) was performed among a selection of different farmers' markets across the Upstate of South Carolina. The assessment of these profiles provides a better understanding of the state of the local foods movement here in the Upstate, but also perhaps, as importantly, helps identify underrepresented local demographic groups within these marketplaces. The results of this study are being integrated into three courses: Sustainability of Natural Resources, Introduction to Environmental Sciences, and Introduction to Sustainability Science, all of which have an extensive section on agro-ecosystems that covers among other topics the local foods movement.