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The curious case of ecological farm interns: on the populism and political economy of agro-ecological farm work

Author:
Ekers, Michael
Source:
TheJournal of peasant studies 2019 v.46 no.1 pp. 21-43
ISSN:
1743-9361
Subject:
agroecology, economic outlook and situation, farm labor, farmers, farms, politics, social change, Ontario
Abstract:
This article examines how farm interns, as a new group of non-waged agricultural workers, have come to support marginally or non-profitable agro-ecological farms in Ontario, Canada. Are farm interns potential agents of social change alongside farmers or are they being recruited onto farms because of the precarious economic situation of their agro-ecological farm hosts? I engage with this question through drawing on debates in agrarian studies arguing that farm interns should be understood as a contemporary manifestation and negotiation of the agrarian question that re-works a number of historical agrarian trends.
Agid:
6266927