The term fieldworker has different meaning in agriculture than is does in research, but for this assignment you will merge the definitions. You should be going out into the “field,” literally (or in special circumstances and only with instructor-approval–metaphorically.Choose a research site–a Gardeners’ or Farmers’ Market, a round-up, a county or state fair, or any other event or site with farming or agricultural roots, and take a field trip. To complete your own primary research – in other words fieldwork – prepare yourself in the following ways:Put on your agricultural lensesThink about farmer / rancher perspective and be thoughtful of that perspectiveConsider any ethical concerns. Your interviews, observations, or surveys should in no way harm (emotionally, physically, or mentally) anyone you come in contact with. In other words, prepare to get permission before you publish anyone’s information, especially photographs.REQUIREMENTS: This assignment consists of two parts.Part ONE: You must collect primary research by conducting interviews with farmers, ranchers, growers, and / or booth workers at a Farmer’s Market or county or state fair. You should collect and turn in under “Field Trip Notes:”Field notes that answer the questions on the worksheet ( the attachment file) A partial word-for-word transcription of the answers to questions that are especially pertinent to your essay.At least 2 hours worth of fieldworkPart TWO: You will write an essay (950-1500 word.) about a narrowed part of the field work that especially interested you. For example, you might be interested in grass-fed beef, so you might write about a booth or several booths at a Farmer’s Market that sold grass-fed beef. You could analyze the marketing and rhetorical techniques used by the farmer / seller at a market or food stand, or who run a business from their farm, including visual rhetoric. You could discuss the processes that farmers go through to participate in a show or fair, to get the beef ready to sell, methods for shipment and payment; relationships the grower has to consistent customers, when and why the farmer began selling at the market, what the results have been, etc. You could discuss what it takes to plant a field or participate in a round-up and analyze this event both as it relates to agriculture and as it relates to farming / ag culture.Look at the way the event was publicized (if it was) and how the actual event matched the advertising or how it was different. Think about the way the event changes views and perceptions re: farm / farmers / agriculture. Interview attendees about their experience. How “real” is the event? ( the event is Farmers Market in Logan city, which are every Saturday)You will analyze all of the information about your narrowed topic and discuss how it applies to you specifically, to our local culture, and to our larger society. Make connections to themes and specific texts from class. Make sure to give your essay a great title.
field trip essay, and notes
FARM FIELD TRIP Follow the instructions on the assignment description. This worksheet is provided to trigger ideas about how to conduct your fieldwork. You will have to interview or communicate with participants to collect the information needed, but be considerate of their time. Many are working. Plan ahead with questions you would like to ask or follow up with later. Preparation Spend some time online conducting some secondary research about the event you will be attending. Decide if your experience was true to what you have read. Have you read literature that describes the event you attend and how does your personal experience compare? Pack notetaking equipment including a camera, but always ask permission to take photographs and quote interviewees in your writing. Organization Who is “in charge”? If this is a community event, what are rules that vendors are required to abide by? Are there rules for participants? Written, verbal, or even unspoken because they exist within the culture? Explore the reasons why. PROMPTS FOR EVENTS LIKE A FARMERS’ MARKET OR COUNTY FAIR Product How many of the booths are purely farm-related? How many of the products are purely farm-related? Is the number the same as the booths? Why or Why not? (Value-added products…) How many booths are plant-related? How many booths are animal-related? How many booths are not farm-related at all? If not fresh produce, how many steps have the products been through to bring to market? Do you see any claims by growers to be “organic?” What do they claim that means? Is there a difference in price between the organic and non-organic produce? Marketing What are farm themes reflected in names of booths What do banners, logos, or others advertisement communicate about their products? In booths that offer purely farm-related products, are any handing out brochures? What is advertised in the brochures? What are they verbally saying to attract customers? People What percentage of the individuals manning the booths are the actual farmer or the farmer’s immediate family members? What are the ages of the people manning the booth? How knowledgeable are they about the produce/products What are the demographics of the attendees? Do you perceive any friendships between attendees and booth workers? How are children (if any) included in the social interaction at the market? Ambiance Where is the market held? Describe the environment. Is there music? What genre (s) Visual Rhetoric of booths: Names of products PROMPTS FOR WORKING EVENTS LIKE ROUNDUPS OR PLANTING Equipment What tools are participants using? Are they specific to a task? Describe the equipment used. Is it mass produced or handmade? How often during the year are these tools used? What power drives the equipment, include animals. Do you need special clothing to participate? Knowledge How much knowledge does one need to actively participate in the work? Is the knowledge traditional (passed down by word of mouth) or academic (learned from a book)? How was the knowledge acquired? Do you hear unique terms used during the work? Ask participant to define the terms for you. People What is the demographic of the people participating (young/old, male/female, race, etc…) Are they related? Describe those relationships Are they employed by the event organizer? How were they hired? Are they employed by the farmer or rancher full time? If not full time, where else are they employed? Are they contracted to multiple farmers or ranchers? Did you feel like an outsider or were you included as an insider? Location Describe the location in detail. Include a map if necessary What is the environment like? If they are working outside, what is the temperature? If they are moving from place to place (long or short distance), why? Is the location owned or leased? Work Describe in detail the work that is being performed How often during the year is the work performed? Is it cyclical in nature – performed a specific time of year? How has it changed over time?