Katie Furrow

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Harriet Hayes

Degree Award Date

Spring 2014


Fair Food Access, Low Income Families, middle class participation, community gardens, farmers' markets


Civic and Community Engagement | Inequality and Stratification | Sociology


There have been many social movements throughout history that have sought to create social change; while many have failed, others have succeeded in bringing about this change for the group in question. Currently, a new social movement is emerging in response to the question of food access. Here individuals and groups are protesting against the prevailing systems of unhealthy foods and high food prices by engaging in community gardening and creating cultures of access within farmers' markets. It is the goal of this study to understand how middle class participation in the fair food movement impacts access to healthy foods for lower class individuals through such means as farmers' markets and community gardens.