The microgeography of cranberry farming in Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Sue Carolyn Simonds, Clark University


This thesis analyzes a unique farming system, that of cranberries, at a microgeographic scale. The reasons for the microgeographic approach are threefold: 1) to explore the usefulness and limitations of the microgeographic method in agricultural geography; 2) to explain the functions and relationships of the components of the cranberry farm, an agricultural enterprise which has had regional importance in Massachusetts for over 100 years and is becoming increasingly important at the national and international levels, and 3) to predict the future of this farming system in Massachusetts.