Cultivating Values: Environmental values and sense of place as correlates of sustainable agricultural practices

TitleCultivating Values: Environmental values and sense of place as correlates of sustainable agricultural practices
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLincoln N.K., Ardoin NM
Secondary TitleAgriculture and Human Values
Abstract

To assess whether and how environmental values and sense of place relate to sustainable farming practices, we conducted a study in South Kona, Hawaii, addressing environmental values, sense of place, and farm sustainability in five categories: environmental health, community engagement and food security, culture and history, education and research, and economics. We found that the sense of place and environmental values indexes showed significant correlation to each category of sustainability in both independent linear regressions and multivariate regression. In total, sense of place explained a larger share of the overall farm performance. However, each indicator showed relative strengths; environmental values showed significantly higher correlation to environmental and educational practices. Furthermore the scales were complimentary, and the use of both scales greatly improved prediction of good farming practices from a multiple-impact perspective. With implications for community and environmental impacts, results suggest that a more comprehensive view of farmers’ environmental values and place connections may help illuminate individual farmers’ decisions and sustainability-related practices.

DOI10.1007/s10460-015-9613-z

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