Collins, Sarah Ellis
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The region of southern Appalachia has a rich cultural history that once included widespread self-sufficient farming. There are some farmers who are still using traditional methods of crop and livestock production. Landscape designers could learn important methods for production in the unique ecologies of rural Appalachia from the traditional and innovative farmers of the region. Through the process of literature research and primary source interviews, this thesis determines the current status of farming in rural Appalachia and makes recommendations of what practices are important for landscape designers to learn and incorporate into their own work.. Interviews were completed with traditional, self-sufficient farmers, with innovative farmers, and with landscape architects involved in agricultural projects. The results of the case studies provide insight into the potential role of agriculture in design and led to the creation of a site-specific design.