Emily Knetsch

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Conference Poster

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McKee, Emily

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders


The study, a preliminary survey of northern Illinois small-scale farmers, directed by Dr. Emily McKee aims to create a profile of farmers in the region. The profile will serve as the preliminary stage of developing a larger ethnographic research project of self-described “small-scale” and “alternative farmers:” in northern Illinois. Using an inductive approach, the current study gathers and examines information about the methods of agriculture that are being used, and the social profile the farmers use to describe themselves. To gather information, the research assistant, Emily Knetsch, has collected data about farmers from the internet and compiled a list of over 400 farmers in the northern Illinois area; from that list, farmers have been contacted by phone and surveyed using an open ended questionnaire. Internet research, and phone surveys have gathered information such as the number of acres farmed, types of crops produced, and the generation of farmer. These data are being condensed, sorted and analyzed for cross-variable correlations. The poster presentation for URAD will described the research design and procedures, as well as preliminary analysis.


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