Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Analysis

Reader 1

Char Miller

Reader 2

Nancy Neiman

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This thesis examines the industrial food system, food sovereignty, and community gardens. I trace the history of neoliberalism in agriculture, arguing that U.S. agriculture is defined by the exploitation of land and labor. I explore the failings of alternative food movements to address these concerns and posit that food sovereignty uniquely creates structural change. I apply the food sovereignty paradigm to community gardens through an analysis of political, economic, pedagogical, ecological, and cultural possibilities. This argument is nuanced with the ways community gardens can recreate harmful hegemonies. I conclude with suggestions of best practices for radical community gardens.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.