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date: 21 October 2019

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This chapter traces the separation of preserved historical farm landscapes from working agriculture over the two-century history of industrial ascendancy, the dominance of fossil fuels after World War II, and the emergence of a for-profit/nonprofit and public/private divide within the increasingly revitalized world of small-scale farming. It argues that there are several benefits to public historians of aligning their work more closely with “local food” movement activities and activism and that these new alliances can make public history a more consequential participant in the broader civic project of understanding and adapting to many environmental and economic changes . The chapter presents examples of emerging projects that do seek to connect directly with food-movement goals, including through engagement with issues of social, environmental, and economic justice related to food production, access, and consumption.

Keywords: sustainable agriculture, food, farming, local food, pastness, heritage tourism

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