Anthropology Department


The 2003 Ethnographic
Field School

West Michigan Farmers Markets:
Increasing Vitality for Farmers and Consumers

Field School Photo Gallery

Spring Session: May 5 to June 18
The Course: ANT 307: Lab 1, (3 credits, #1050); Lab 2, (6 credits,  #1051), Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Kimmarie Murphy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Russell Rhoads, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology
Melissa Harrington, Graduate Assistant & Field Coordinator

DESCRIPTION: The anthropological field school runs for six weeks and will focus on developing surveys and conducting interviews to assess consumer expectations from the Holland Farmers Market. In today's global economy, small farmers find it increasingly difficult to maintain their way of life, and must continually develop market strategies to remain competitive. Farmers markets are a way in which farmers can sell their product to consumers directly, without going through a distributor. Many consumers, also affected negatively by this global economy, are turning back to local markets. Field school students will develop a survey in the field school as part of their training. Interviews will then be analyzed and shared with farmers and market organizers during the winter of 2004 to provide them with data to develop and/or improve on their current marketing strategies.


Who Should Sign up for the Field School?
Students whose professional careers can benefit from skills in field research methods and analysis used in the following professional disciples: Anthropology, Sociology, Nursing, Social Work, Education, Communications, Business and more.


What is Ant 307?
ANT 307 is an applied research course designed to link theory, field research and data collected from the local community. The course offers students training in qualitative and quantitative methods under field conditions. Our goal is to develop in students resourcefulness, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a cross-cultural, institutional context.


How Do You Apply for the Course? To register, fill out an application, and submit it to the project coordinators in exchange for a registration permit. Applications can be obtained from the office of the Department of Anthropology (1134 ASH, 331-2325). Students should register for either the 3 credit section (ANT 307 Lab 01) or the 6 credit section (ANT 307 Lab 02). You can also send applications to: The 2003 Ethnographic Field School, Department of Anthropology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan 49401. Students should register as soon as possible; enrollment is limited and we expect the course to fill.


Course Activities and Expectations


Two weeks of research and training in ethnographic field methods, research design, mock interviewing, and ethics.


Participate in cultural-awareness training


Approximately 5 - 10 hours per week conducting interviews, and 2 - 3 hours per week recording field notes and managing data


Interdisciplinary teams work together and attend a weekly group meeting for "debriefing"


Present research findings and produce a report that will be circulated in the community


Opportunities are available to become a paid research assistant and for presenting your research at regional conferences

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