Megan Bradley

Bound Volume Number


Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-5-2015

Capstone Advisor

Dr. Maureen Thompson

Honors Reader

Jolynn Parker

Capstone College

Sport and Human Dynamics

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social movement, local food, sustainability

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Community Health and Preventive Medicine


Local food has recently arisen as a social movement, a diet, and an economic strategy. While the concept is abstract, it is characterized by an emphasis on organic production, conscious consumption, and the convergence of the farm and table. In Cape Town, South Africa, efforts exist across a wide variety of businesses, organizations and communities defined geographically, socially, and economically. This study explores the role of local food initiatives in sustainable community development with a focus on the notions of food sovereignty, community capacity, and social capital. It aims to compare diverse schemes in the movement to identify commonalities in goals, principles, and impact. Through a series of in-depth interviews, conversations with participants, and observations of community gardens, markets, and other food-focused organizations, findings suggest that such initiatives empower community development, economically and socially, through principles of food sovereignty, social capital and education.

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