Marcy Ostrom

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Dr. Marcia Ostrom was hired by Washington State University in 2000 to establish a Small Farms Program as part of the Safe Food Initiative funded by the state legislature. The Small Farms Program coordinates statewide research and educational efforts targeting the needs of small-scale and urban farmers in Washington. Areas of emphasis include farmer educational programs and new farmer development; policy and consumer research; marketing alternatives; and research and demonstration projects using bio-intensive farming practices. The Small Farms Program works closely with many partners around the state such as farmer associations, community groups, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture to address the most pressing issues facing family farmers and the development of healthy, community-based food systems. Marcy teaches courses at Puyallup for farmers and community members and conducts workshops, forums, and presentations around the state on topics related to sustainable food and farming systems. Marcy is one of two WSU faculty who were awarded Kellogg Food and Society Fellowships under the Farming and the Environment/WSU partnership. The Fellowship is for the duration of a three-year project that includes a large-scale, statewide survey of Washington farmers and consumers to provide baseline information on the use of sustainable farming practices, farm policy preferences, farmer informational needs, and the potential for local market development. Survey findings will be utilized to inform project and policy work with farming and community organizations and to improve university research and educational programs.

Before this appointment, Marcy worked for the University of Wisconsin as the Outreach Coordinator for the statewide Program on Agricultural Technology Studies. At the University of Wisconsin, Marcy conducted research and outreach to assess and publicize the impacts of new agricultural technologies and policies on the family farm sector in Wisconsin. Marcy holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin, a M.S. from the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and a B.S. from Harvard University.

Areas of Interest

  • Social Movements
  • Global Agri-Food Systems
  • Community Food Systems
  • Sociology of Agriculture
  • The Land-Grant System
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Participatory Action Research

Publications

Ostrom, Marcia and Douglas Jackson-Smith (2005) “Defining a Purpose: Agricultural Extension, Land Grant Research, and Diverse Farm Constituencies,” Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. 27(3):57–76.

Ostrom, Marcia (2005). ”Everyday Meanings of Local Food: Views from Home and Field,” Journal of the Community Development Society. 37(1):65–878.

Ostrom, Marcia (2005), “The Contribution of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to Movements for Change in the Agri-Food System.” In Remaking the North American Food System, Clare Hinrichs and Tom Lyson (eds). University of Nebraska Press (In Press).

Ostrom, Marcia and Raymond Jussaume (2005), “Assessing the Significance of Direct Farmer-Consumer Linkages as a Change Strategy: Civic or Opportunistic?” in Remaking the North American Food System, Clare Hinrichs and Tom Lyson (eds). University of Nebraska Press (In Press).

Ostrom, Marcia (2005). “Small Farms: the Heart of Washington Agriculture,” CSANR Technical Report Series 2005-01-06, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University.

Ostrom, Marcia (2005). “Washington Farmer Views on Environmental Policy,” CSANR Research Brief Series 2005-02-09, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University.

Ostrom, Marcia (2005). “The Importance of Direct Markets for Washington Farmers,” CSANR Research Brief Series 2005-03-08, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University.

Ostrom, Marcia (2005). “Consumer Food Purchasing: Interest in Local and Direct Markets,” CSANR Research Brief Series 2005-02-07, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University.

Ostrom, Marcia; Hines Richard; and Rebecca Warren (2004) “The King County Food System Atlas,” CSANR Technical Report Series, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University.

Ostrom, Marcia; Garrett, Steven; Qazi, Joan; and Rich Hines (2004) “The Chelan County Food System Atlas,” CSANR Technical Report Series, Washington State University.

Contact Information

Small Farms Program Leader

1100 Western Ave. N.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
509-663-8181 x 263
mrostrom@wsu.edu
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