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Deborah Bailey

Ph.D. student in Science Education and Masters in Public Health

Food-Related Interests:
Gardening with adolescents: a study of adolescent perceptions of experience.

Garden-based learning research overwhelmingly focuses on elementary students in school context and explores internal cognitive constructs such as knowledge, motivation, interest in and attitude toward domain specific subjects. This produces results that not only preconceives what constitutes appropriate learning outcomes for children, but does so with very little tie to theory. This lack of attention to theory leaves education researchers still attempting to explain the connection of garden outcomes to garden activity.

In an attempt to address these empirical holes, this study will explore the older adolescent's (16-18 years) perspective of their summer garden experience utilizing an informed grounded theory (IGT) approach and Personal Meaning Mapping. IGT will allow this research to explore a summer garden experience from the perceptions of youth with previous garden-based learning research in mind, yet allow for an open mind regarding theories that become evident during data analysis. It is anticipated the result of this research will empirically tie the adolescent garden experience to theory, and ground the youth perceptions to iived experience, ultimately allowing this research to produce a hypothesis to explain the garden experience for older adolescents.

Rebecka Daye

Ph.D. Student in Applied Anthropology

Food-Related Research:
My current research is engaged with the human right to food, food sovereignty, genetically-engineered crops, and rights of nature. In 2013 I was awarded an OSU Graduate Internationalization Grant to conduct a three week reconnaissance survey in the Ecuadorian highlands to tease out local understandings and discourses on the rights of nature, the use of transgenic (GMO) seeds in agriculture, and their relationship to food sovereignty in Ecuador.

M.A., Applied Anthropology, OSU 2011

Alternative Agrifood Movements in an Age of Industrialized Agriculture: An Ecuadorian Case Study

I focused this inquiry on a case study in the Ecuadorian Andes at an organic farm and local NGO, both of which were incolved in the local alternative food movement. Specifically, I sought to gain an overview of community-supported agriculture initiatives implemented on the farm and to determine whether of not these initiatives could be adapted and scaled up to support the efforts of women farmer's working with the NGO. I also worked with women at the NGO to learn about their food sovereignty and micro-credit projects.

Erica D'Alessandro

Masters student in Applied Anthropology

Food Interests and Research:
I study the consumption side of post-socialist alternative food networks, particulary in regard to how cultural constructions of place affect taste, perceptions of quality, and shifting culinary values. My thesis research focuses on the consumers of a farmer cooperative based in Moscow, Russia. I am finishing my master's thesis that details my findings from two months of fieldwork in Moscow ( It highlights both the cooperative, LavkaLavka, consumer's valuations of place and taste, as well as the nature of the social relationships being formed among actors in this alternative food network.

Katie Finneran

Masters student in Applied Anthropology

Food Interests and Research:
My interests pertain to food justice, particularly food security and access among low-income populations, as well as local food systems and sustainability. My thesis research is focused on the use of SNAP at the Corvallis and Albany Farmers' Markets. In light of concerns about food security and the healthfulness of the diets of SNAP recipients, many organizations including the USDA have identified farmers' markets as a way to increase access to fresh and healthy food for SNAP recipients. My mixed-methods research project investigations who is shopping at the Corvallis and Albany Farmers' Market with SNAP, why they are motivated to do so, and how important the farmers' market is to them as a source of food. The thesis, titled "The Role of Attending the Albany and Corvallis, Oregon Farmers' Market in the Food Provisioning Strategies of Households Participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)." will be defended in December of 2014.

Daphne Gill

Senior Undergraduate: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Food Interests:
I have wanted to be a chef since I first started making cookies for my family but since becoming a women's studies major I have realiezed that not everyone has the same opportunity to make cookies for the people in their life. I want to go into food access and distribution especially in low-income areas and housing associations. I think the most impact can be made by reaching out to people in their homes and communities with gardens and food education.

Leah Gramlow

Master in Public Health (MPH)

Food Interests and Research:
I am currently focusing on women's barriers to accessing food and health care in a global context.

Amanda Sophie Green

Doctoral Candidate in Applied Anthropology

Food Interests and Research:
Alternative and indigenous food movements, circumpolar livelihoods and food systems, food and identity construction and discourse, regional focus in Sámpi and Sweden.

Dissertation Focus:
Currently I am living in northern Sweden to conduct my dissertation research on Sámi food, culture and politics. Sámi peoples have historically lived in northern Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the Russia Kola Peninsula where they have practiced hunting, fishing, gathering, reindeer herding, and some agriculture. Like indigenous peoples around the world, Sámi individuals suffered disenfranchisement from their lands, cultures, languages, and foods as modern colonial states settled northern lands and forcibly assimilated local Sámi peoples. Today, many Sámi individuals are leading political movements to recognize their own and other indigenous peoples’ rights to their traditional foods and the lands from which they come. My research will document the relationship between contemporary Sámi food practices and growing food movements. These sets of events raise questions about the importance of traditional foods to Sámi individuals, histories and identities, about the availability of traditional foods to Sámi people, and about the potential impact food movements may have on contemporary food practices and food access. My research is supported by the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Kathryn and Richard Ross Scholarship, and Oregon State University.

I have also partnered with small business development organizaiton Strukturum to conduct a regional food assessment in Sweden's Jokkmokk Kommun. The goal of this study will be to collect data from all of Jokkmokk's food producers in order to identify the possibilities and challenges to future food development. This data can be used by small business and local government to better focus on future food projects that will potentially impact all citizens of northern Sweden.

Eileen Grigsby

Masters in Public Health (MPH), Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Food Related Interests:
I am interested in community nutrition, food sovereignty, local fresh food access, and issues in agriculture. I am not currently enrolled in the FCSJ minor, but am using it more as a guideline.

Michaela Hammer

Masters Student in Applied Anthropology

Food Related Interests and Research:
My interests lie at the intersectopm betweem sustainable agriculture, ethnobiology, and intercultural health. My work incorporates elements of nutritional, medical, and cultural applied anthropology to study dietary practices in the Ecuadorian Andes.  My thesis research involves mothers' food and home health care practices in the northern Ecuadorian Andes (thesis forthcoming spring 2014), and here in the U.S. I'm planning to continue working with immigrant communities around community gardening and health.

Callie Simmons

Junior Undergraduate: Double Degree in Sustainability and Fisheries and Wildlife

Food Interests:
I'm interested in food as a means of bridging gaps between ethnic groups as well as understanding the cultural importance of food on an individual level. 

Angie Stapleton

Masters in Public Health (MPH), Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Food Related Interests:
I am a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park. During my culinary career my main focus was in baking and pastries.