James Robert Farmer

Assistant Professor
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

(812) 856-0969
PH 147

  • Indiana University, Ph.D.- Leisure Behavior, 2009
  • Indiana University, M.S.- Recreation, 2006
  • Indiana University, B.S.- Social Studies Education, 2000
  • SPH O 305 Integrated Resource Management
  • SPH O 360 Human Health and Natural Environments
  • SPH O 413 Capstone in ORPHE
  • Indiana State Department of Agriculture: Specialty Crop Block Grant. Specialty Crops and High Tunnels: Evaluating Success and Building Future Capacity. PI- Farmer, J., Co-PI- Maynard, L., Co-PI- Valliant, J., Ellett, J. January 1, 2016-December 31, 2017.
  • Indiana CTSI CHEP- Community-Based Research Project. Infusion or Assimilation: Barriers to the Integration of Local Food Systems Across the Community. PI- Farmer, J. , Co-PI- Mowatt, R., Veldman, M., Carter-Jones, C., Edens, C., Hutchison, M. 2014.
  • Audubon Society/Toyota: TogetherGreen Reconnecting with Place: Conserving Forest Habitat. PI- Reynolds, H. Capshew, J., Farmer, J., Hagarter, R., Williams, M., Bauer, J. 2013-2014.
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-OREI). Market variables for farmers in local food systems: whether or not a demand for USDA organics exists in WV. Planning grant. PI- Hartz, L. (Downstream Strategies, Morgantown, WV), Co-PI-Farmer, J., (Environmental Studies, Earlham College), McConnell, T. (Agriculture Extension, West Virginia University), Kotcon, J. (Agriculture, West Virginia University). 2012-2013.
  • United States Forest Service (USDA-USFS) Assessing the effectiveness in state agency stewardship of conservation eased lands through the USFS Forest Legacy program. PI- Fischer, B. (SPEA, Indiana University), Farmer, J. (Environmental Studies, Earlham College), Mincey, S. (SPEA, Indiana University). 2011-2012.
  • Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies- Earlham College
  • Asst. Professor of Natural Resources and Recreation Management- Marshall University
Research Interests
  • Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Natural Resources and Protected Areas Conservation/Sustainability
  • Environmental and Sustainable Behavior
  • Rural Landscapes and People
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Institutional Analysis

For more information on Dr. Farmer, his research, and his teaching, please visit: www.farmerresearchlab.org

Selected Publications


Farmer, J., Meretsky, V., Knapp, D., Chancellor, C., & Fischer, B. (2015). Human Dimensions of Private Land Conservation: Placing Conservation Easements. Landscape and Urban Planning. 138, 11-19

Ruseva, T., Farmer, J., and Chancellor, C. (2016). Networking for Conservation: Understanding the Contributions of Social Capital and Organizational Networks to Private Land Protection. Ecology and Society.

Farmer, J., Drescher, M., Brenner, J., Dickinson, S., and Knackmuhs E.* (2016). Perpetual private land conservation: the case for outdoor recreation and functional leisure. Ecology and Society.

Farmer, J., Ma, Z. Drescher, M., Knackmuhs, E.,* and Dickson, S. (2016). Land Use and Implementation of Ecological Management Strategies. Conservation Letters. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/conl.12241/full

Farmer, J. and Betz, M.* (2016). Moving beyond direct to consumer distribution: growing farms to meet demand. Journal of Rural Studies. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0743016716300341

Farmer, J., Chancellor, C., Brenner, J., Whitacre, J.* and Knackmuhs, E.* (2016). Relationship of land residency to interest in conservation easement usage in southern Indiana: The Brown County Hills. Professional Geographer. www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00330124.2015.1129910

Betz, M.* and Farmer, J. (2016). Who's Running the Market? Farmers' Market Governance and Participant Motives and Outcomes. Local Environment.