ANTH 250(1):
Methods in Anthropology: Life-Histories/Self-Narratives

Professor LeeRay M. Costa

Spring 2004
Hollins University

Final Project:

The Life Stories 
of 
Small Scale Farmers

in Virginia

 

 

  Course Information

Course Description
Syllabus

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Project Description
As part of this class, each student conducted a series of oral interviews over the course of the semester. The people interviewed for this project are all small scale farmers in Virginia.

The farmers interviewed raise cattle for dairy and meat, goats for dairy, and/or tend orchards and vegetable gardens.

This community was selected by the class based on discussion and a consideration of the goals of the project. Students chose small scale farmers in Virginia with the intention of getting to know more about both small scale farming and an important group in rural Virginia society.  Moreover, students hoped to make others more aware of the diverse, unique, and compelling lives of these small scale farmers and the important work that they do.

On this website you will find selections from the life stories of each of the individuals interviewed. You will also find selected photos of interviewees, student photos, student statements and other relevant information. Each student created her own webpage to reflect the life of her interviewee, as well as her own experience with the life history encounter. 

Below you can use the links to find out more about the interview questions, interview process, comments sent to us by viewers, and links to other sites related to oral history and self-narratives.

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Narratives
(listed by student name)
 


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sustainable agriculture
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Eleanor
Ayres

Hilary
Dubose

Rachel
Fletcher

Beesyna
Majid

 

 

Nadia
Manifold

Degra
Nofsinger

Eileen
Struble

Casey
Williams

 

The Class:

 



 

 

Interview Questions

Release Form

 

Bibliography

 

Viewers' Comments

Links

 

 

This website was created by LeeRay M. Costa, PhD and is maintained together with
her undergraduate students in ANTH 250(1), Spring 2004.

Last update: October 13, 2005