Date of Award

Winter 2013

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies


Rachel Newcomb

Second Advisor

Carol Lauer


The food culture of Central Florida is undergoing a dramatic shift as people begin to reform their diet and embrace a more traditional food culture, emphasizing seasonal, local, and organic ingredients along with the cooking and processing of more of their food at home. This paper examines the efforts of groups and individuals in Central Florida as they work to spread the movement even further among members of the community and provides a framework through which the different educational opportunities and target audiences are classified. For this movement to reach sustainability with a larger audience in the Central Florida area, further efforts, programs, and support are needed to increase the educational opportunities that allow members of the community to encounter this changing food culture and lifestyle.