Within the Central New Mexico regional foodshed (i.e. within a 300 mile radius of Albuquerque), many women are working within the local food system to help locally grown food go from farm to fork. In certain roles, women predominate. In others, women are less represented. Women participating in the local food system provided their insights and expertise on how gender affects their own participation, as well as their perceptions of the gender division of labor within the local food system. Through this exploration, eleven women co-participants of this study found that regardless of the role, there are challenges based on gender. However, for certain roles, especially the ones that require access to resources like capital and land, women are particularly challenged to succeed. These co-participants observe that women tend to cooperate to succeed within their roles, and believe that increasing opportunities and space available for women to deliberately share knowledge will increase womenâ€™s capacity to participate in local food system roles. Future inquiry efforts should address the identified obstacles, and also include co-participants with subject positions more representative of the general population in New Mexico.
Community and Regional Planning
Level of Degree
School of Architecture and Planning
First Committee Member (Chair)
Second Committee Member
local food, local food system, foodshed, agriculture, gender division of labor, women's work, oral testimony, qualitative, feminism, participatory action research
Terry, Tiffany. "Women's roles and the gender division of labor within the local food system of the Central New Mexico regional foodshed." (2014). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/arch_etds/25