For the past several years, I've been working on a new project that has prompted me to think about how historic sites might engage productively with the burgeoning local food and sustainable agriculture movements. Click on the links below to read more about where this has led me so far
- With Michelle Moon, I've written Public History and the Food Movement: Adding the Missing Ingredient, forthcoming from Routledge in 2017.
- Also coming in 2017: A Quabbin Farm Album, published by Haley's of Athol and featuring materials from the 2015 "Farm Values" project, including photographs by Oliver Scott Snure.
- Also co-authored with Michelle Moon: The First Course: A Case for Locating Public History within 'The Food Movement," The Public Historian, Vol. 36, No. 3 (August 2014), pp. 109-129.
- "Farm Values: Civic Agriculture at the Crossroads," a 2015 project with Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, funded by Mass Humanities, focusing what the histories of six farms in a six-town region of north-central Mass. can tell us about the challenges of small-scale farming in New England over time.
- "'Plant Yourself in My Neighborhood': An Ethnographic Landscape Study of Farming and Farmers in Columbia County, New York," produced for Martin Van Buren National Historic Site (2012), available as a PDF from the park's website.
- History at the Table, a now-inactive blog that explores the intersection of working agriculture and historic sites.
- The Landcestor Project, a pilot site from summer 2014 where I developed some small-scale histories of farming in north-central Mass.
- "Re-Occupying Plimoth", a plenary address I gave at the New England American Studies Association conference in November 2011 about the convergence of historic sites and the local/sustainable food movement.