Dr. Dombrowski-Risser’s current project is “A French Family Farm: Two Hundred Years of Survival against War, Weather and Market Change on an Olive Farm in Provence.” This is a book-length study which takes as a focus the olive farm La Blachette located in Nyons, France in the Rhones-Alpes region. Using family archives, land records, regional agricultural journals and personal testimonies, I tell the story of survival of one family farm which survived against the obstacles of political turmoil, phyolloxera epidemic, climate crisis and shifting markets to carve out a niche for a family and a way of life swiftly disappearing in European and around the globe. A French Family Farm applies the tools of social and women’s history to write the biography of one farm which survived against the odds by combining entrepreneurialism, collectivist agricultural strategies and market innovation. In 2010 she was made a Knight of the Order of the Black Olive of Nyons, France, her research on French olive agriculture.
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Awards and Honors
Classroom Awards, Fall 2013