Experiencing farming In stressful times : a naturalistic inquiry
Sanderson, Barbara Joy
The purpose of this study was to explore what it means to be farming in Saskatchewan today. Naturalistic inquiry using open-ended interviews provided the framework for four farmers’ narratives. The goal was to gain insight into farmers’ lives, to expand the understanding of farmers’ experiences, and to explore potential stressors of farming life. The farmers’ interviews revealed the heart, soul, and spirit of farming today. Although they said they were losing hope in farming, they demonstrated characteristics of determination, perseverance and tenacity that keep them farming. The insights learned from this sample of Saskatchewan farmers are relevant not only to farm families but also to new entrants into farming, professionals who work with farmers in challenging times, and government policy makers. This study may help to provide information, develop understanding of farmers’ needs, and raise questions that contribute to knowledge and meaning about how it is to farm in Saskatchewan today. Implications for practise and research conclude the study.
DegreeMaster of Education (M.Ed.)
DepartmentEducational Psychology and Special Education
ProgramEducational Psychology and Special Education
CommitteeWason-Ellam, Linda; Schwean, Vicki L.; Gerrard, Nikki; Wright, Karen
Copyright DateAugust 2004