Sam’s research focuses on temperate nut-based agroforestry in relation to the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse, aka Iroquois), non-Indigenous growers, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Utilizing historical, philosophical, social scientific, and horticultural methods, this will contribute to the intellectual, material, and social understandings of a sustainable regional food system that intersects social justice oriented research and research extension.
The overall objective of this project is to engage the multiple silences that befall temperate nuts and, more importantly, Indigenous communities in discussions of sustainability and land use. The proposed research will attain this through community-based research with Haudenosaunee communities, non-Indigenous nut growers, and CCE agents. Further, archival explorations will be used to shed light on past importance of nuts in Haudenosaunee landscapes as well as to trace instances of settler-colonialism within the CCE system. An alternative approach will be explored towards achieving social justice and decolonization in agricultural research and extension.
Environmental anthropology, land education, politics of environmental knowledge production, decolonial participatory action research (DPAR), critical pedagogy, decolonial theory, critiques of agroforestry research and extension