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Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Arts and Science
Linn County, farming nonprofit
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
This study looks at religious organizations, lawns, and food insecurity in Linn County, and seeks to evaluate a hypothesis set forth by the founder of a farming nonprofit in the county. The Kendrick Hypothesis states that Linn County congregations could grow enough food on their lawns to eliminate food insecurity in the region. The study assesses this hypothesis using a yield analysis and survey of local religious leaders. While the study found that full participation in a congregation garden program could produce enough yield to significantly impact the county’s food insecurity, the results do not support the Kendrick Hypothesis. The results of the religious leader survey suggest the unlikelihood of achieving the impact calculated in the yield analysis, it still shows that enough interest exists to make the program successful enough to improve local residents’ access to food.
Crellin, Juliette, "Jesus Wouldn’t Mow, He’d Grow: Transforming congregations, lawns, and food security in Linn County, IA" (2016). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 973.
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