James R. Farmer

Assistant Professor
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

(812) 856-0969
PH 133

  • Indiana University, Ph.D., 2009
  • Indiana University, M.S., 2006
  • Indiana University, B.S., 2000
  • R372 Interpretatioin and Tour Guiding
  • R395 Data Base Decision Making
  • V600 Master's Capstone
  • Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Center for Environmental Action, Earlham College
  • Assistant Professor, Marshall Univeristy
  • Middle and High School Social Studies Teacher, Columbus, IN
  • Director of Programs, Foundation for Youth, Columbus, IN
  • Co-Director, Camp Palawopec
Research Interests

My research focuses on the motivations and barriers to sustainable behavior. I most commonly utilize mixed-methods research designs to examine behavior variables in private land conservation, land trust activities, participation in local food systems, and the human dimensions of sustainable agriculture and rural living.

Visit J. Farmer's Research Website: Here

Selected Publications


Knapp, D., Dawson, S., & Farmer, J. (2012). Impact of a resident camp experience on children with chronic illness. Therapeutic Recreation Journal.

Farmer, J. (2012). The leisure in living local: local foods as a benchmark. Leisures Sciences, 34(5), 1-6.

Farmer, J., Knapp, D., Meretsky, V., Chancellor, C., & Fischer, B. (2011). Place attachment and the adoption of conservation easements. Conservation Biology, 25(4), 827-834. (Impact Factor: 4.894) \

Farmer, J., Chancellor, C., Gooding, A., Shubowitz, D., & Dryant, A. (2011). Farmers' markets and the contribution of recreation to local food system participation. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 29(3), 11-23.

Farmer, J., Chancellor, C., & Fischer, B.C. (2011). Room to romp and roam: how open space and natural areas may impact land conservation behavior. Natural Areas Journal, 31(3), 340-348.

Farmer, J., Farmer, S., Shubowitz, D., Wilk, R., & Wiley, A. (2011). Assessing local food systems: part 1. Appetite, 56(2), 528.

Kozub, M.F. & Farmer, J. (2011). Physical activity, free time motivation, and perceptions of middle school children. The Physical Education, 68(1), 18-29.

Farmer, J., Chancellor, C., and Fischer, B. (2011). Motivations for using conservation easements as a land protection mechanism: a mixed methods analysis. Natural Areas Journal, 31(1), 80-87. (Impact Factor; 0,720; cited 3 times)

Chancellor, H.C., Norman, W.C., Farmer, J., & Coe, E.E. (2010). Tourism organizations and land trusts: a sustainable approach to natural resource conservation ? Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 19(7), 863-875. (Impact Factor: 1.539; cited 3 times)