Lisa McCann

Date of Award

Fall 12-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Susan Boser, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Melissa Swauger, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

D. Alex Heckert, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Victor Garcia, Ph.D.


This qualitative case study reports findings on the experiences and outcomes perceived by participants of the Seedling Project, a service learning project and grassroots coalition in Indiana, Pennsylvania. In the Seedling Project, students work with community partners to provide food pantry patrons with seedlings and supplies to grow their own food. Participants include members of the Indiana community and students who participated for their service learning experiences in their Sociology of Family course at IUP.

This study used data collected from 12 one-on-one interviews with participants of the Seedling Project; they include clients, students, project planners, and directors of community organizations who collaborated with the Seedling Project. Additional information was gathered through review of documents and websites of community organizations, and a syllabus for the Sociology of Family course at IUP.

The findings of this study could be useful for other organizations and college professors who may want to develop a similar project.

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