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Nationwide Survey of United States Urban and Peri-Urban Farms

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A national outreach and technical assistance program will be developed based on the results of this research.

Carolyn Dimitri, Associate Professor, New York University
Lydia Oberholtzer, Senior Researcher, The Pennsylvania State University
Andy Pressman, Agriculture Specialist, National Center for Appropriate Technology

We are currently looking for farmers in or around urban areas [in the US] 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 Technology.

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:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/urbanfarms

For farmers in or around Philadelphia, we ask that you complete the following survey, which covers additional aspects of interest to Penn State Extension staff:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/urbanfarmsPhilly

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@psu.edu