Bound Volume Number

Volume V

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-2016

Capstone Advisor

Rick Welsh

Capstone Major

Public Administration

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component



Linn County, farming nonprofit

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

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.

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