[Ok-sus] Fw: [COMFOOD: ] We need farmers to help with a nationwide study on urban and peri-urban farms

Robert Waldrop bwaldrop1952 at att.net
Thu Mar 7 14:21:01 UTC 2013

Subject:[COMFOOD:  ] We need farmers to help with a nationwide study on urban 
and peri-urban farms

We need farmers to participate in this study! 
Nationwide Survey of Urban and Peri-Urban Farms
March 2013
We are currently looking for farmers in or around urban areas to take part in a 
national study (through a survey) being led by New York University, The 
Pennsylvania State University, and the National Center for Appropriate 
The study seeks to examine the state of urban and peri-urban farming in the 
United States, including the:(1) technical assistance and information needs on 
the part of urban farms that can be met through outreach programs; (2) 
production, management, and marketing risks for urban farms and the development 
of programs to address those risks; and (3) increased awareness on the part of 
policymakers and communities of the benefits of urban farming. A national 
outreach and technical assistance program will be developed based on the results 
of this research.
The online survey for farmers (not in Philadelphia) should take approximately 20 
minutes to complete and can be found at:  
For farmers in or around Philadelphia, we ask that you complete the following 
survey, which covers additional aspects of interest to Penn State Extension 
Because of the importance of this project, by completing the survey, respondents 
(farmers) will qualify for a drawing to win one of 10 gift cards worth $75. 

If you would prefer to complete a paper version of the survey or have any 
questions, contact Lydia Oberholtzer, Penn State, at 301-891-0470 or 
lso3 at psu.edu 

Thank you in advance for helping out this important study
Carolyn Dimitri, Associate Professor, New York University
Lydia Oberholtzer, Senior Researcher, The Pennsylvania State University
Andy Pressman, Agriculture Specialist, National Center for Appropriate 
Please note that this call for survey participants is being sent out on various 
national listservs.  We apologize for any cross postings you might receive. 

This project was supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative 
Competitive Grant no. 2012-68006-30177 from the USDA National Institute of Food 
and Agriculture
Lydia Oberholtzer
lydiaoberholtzer at gmail.com 
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