Blog Category: Surveys

Supporting B.C. Farmers in the ALR: Public Engagement Report Recap and Call for Feedback

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 04, 2020

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Call for Feedback on B.C. Government’s Proposed Changes to Legislation for Housing on ALR Land Between September 19 and November 15, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture undertook public consultations to continue to address how to strengthen farming in B.C. The findings can be downloaded here. In 2019, the Province of B.C. implemented new regulations on land in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) through Bill 52. In response to public feedback on the new regulations, the Ministry has “started policy work on several residential options, while continuing to prioritize preserving the land to be used for farming or ranching. The Policy Intentions Paper … Continue reading Supporting B.C. Farmers in the ALR: Public Engagement Report Recap and Call for Feedback

SURVEY: UBC Farm Management Survey

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 12, 2019 1 Comment

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BC vegetable farmers are wanted to respond to a survey about their farm management! The survey will include questions about field management practices, seed practices, technology use, and employment. The study is being conducted by Dr. Hannah Wittman (Principal Investigator), Susanna Klassen (Doctoral Candidate), and Chris Thoreau (Masters Student), from the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of British Columbia.   Your responses will help us to better understand your experiences and the sustainability challenges facing vegetable farmers like you, and contribute to ongoing research out of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. We are especially … Continue reading SURVEY: UBC Farm Management Survey

SURVEY: HOW TO CONNECT CONSUMERS TO THEIR SOURCE OF FOOD AND FARMERS

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 05, 2019

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Dallas Barnes and Anthony Csikos are a team of two recent UBC graduates determined to make eating local the norm. They hope to connect consumers directly to farms in their area through an online platform, think “digital farmer’s market”. Understanding that consumer preferences are changing and that the planet is struggling, these two are inspired to create a solution. The team is working to get farmers involved in this solution and hear their experiences and stories when it comes to selling goods. The following survey is an act of instigating that conversation! They’re looking for small-medium sized BC crop farmers … Continue reading SURVEY: HOW TO CONNECT CONSUMERS TO THEIR SOURCE OF FOOD AND FARMERS

Canadian Crop Farmers – It’s Survey Time!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on October 08, 2019

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Are you a Canadian crop farmer? Please take this survey to contribute to research about farmer perspectives on precision agriculture technology! Objective: The objective of this study is to understand farmer perspectives on precision agriculture technology, to understand how these technologies are being used on the farm, to examine farmers’ use of agricultural data and their perceptions of digital agricultural data rights and ownership. The survey should take ~25 minutes, and the deadline is Oct. 31st, 2019! Take the survey here: http://tinyurl.com/paagtech We are a research team consisting of University of Guelph graduate students in the Geography, Environment and Geomatics … Continue reading Canadian Crop Farmers – It’s Survey Time!

ALBERTA FARMERS: Complete this Survey and Win YA Swag!

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 16, 2019

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Calling all Alberta farmers involved in farm succession and transition!!! Complete a short survey to help us better understand the needs of young farmers (40 and under) in Alberta who are taking over farm operations.  Fill out the survey and enter to win a $50 for Peavey Mart, a Young Agrarians ball cap and t-shirt! This survey is being conducted by Julia Buckingham, a Master’s student at the American University of Rome. She is seeking responses to the survey as well as people interested in taking part in more in-depth interviews. More information is available on the introductory page of the survey, or you … Continue reading ALBERTA FARMERS: Complete this Survey and Win YA Swag!

New farmers & Food Policy in Canada – Survey Results

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 14, 2019

Photo courtesy of farmlove.org We dug up the results from a national new farmer survey conducted a few years ago. A paper was recently published on the study, and we want to share the results with you! Pour yourself a cup of tea and delve into the challenges and opportunities for Canadian farmers with us. Below is a summary of the paper with a few highlights. Please download the whole paper for more detail here: New farmers and food policies in Canada By Julia Laforge (Lakehead University), Ayla Fenton (Farmer and on Board of Directors, National Farmers Union), Virginie Lavalée-Picard (Farmer), Stéphane McLachlan (University of … Continue reading New farmers & Food Policy in Canada – Survey Results

Results from the BC Food Hub Network Industry Survey

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 06, 2019

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These results reflect responses from 205 food producers and/or processors in BC. The Industry Survey is a supporting component of the BC Food Hub Network initiative led by the Ministry of Agriculture. More information on this initiative and development of the Industry Survey can be found below. Based on the response rate, the results were divided into regions – South Coast (Lower Mainland), Okanagan, Vancouver Island and Coast, and ‘Other’ which includes Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Thompson Nicola, Kootenay, Omineca Skeena and Peace. Below is a summary of the high-level survey findings: The majority of respondents are small businesses – with … Continue reading Results from the BC Food Hub Network Industry Survey

SURVEY: Financing for Value-Added Processors

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 24, 2019

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Do you do incorporate any value-added activity in your business? The Small Scale Food Processor Association is carrying out a project to determine needs for financing at all stages of business development. Please contribute with your experiences!  “We have heard over the years that finding financing to start up and to grow is one of the major issues facing small scale food processors.  The more we know about you and your business, the better we will be able to understand financing needs.  Once we have a clear picture of the issues small scale food processors face, we will be working with financing … Continue reading SURVEY: Financing for Value-Added Processors

Are you a certified organic farmer in Canada? Tell us about it!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 22, 2019

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Are you a Certified Organic Farmer in Canada? Please take this survey to contribute to research on the social, environmental, and business motivations of organic producers in Canada.  This survey, designed by a research team from the University of Guelph, is collecting information on the motivations of Canadian organic farmers to farm organically. If you are a certified organic farmer and over 18 then you can participate! Take the Survey here: https://uoguelph.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdBsBwpugMNXXzD Background information Organic agriculture is growing fast and that is a good thing! However that also means that the organic movement is evolving. While this is true for all actors in … Continue reading Are you a certified organic farmer in Canada? Tell us about it!

SURVEY: Understanding Farmers’ Need for Seed!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 29, 2019

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Seed Savers Exchange is looking for insight from farmers and seed breeders about how you source seeds. Please consider taking the short survey. Thank you! Survey for BREEDERS: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSEBreederSurvey  Survey for FARMERS: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSEFarmerSurvey Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit that aims to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.  We are seeking to understand how farmers source seeds and how this process can be improved. Providing input from your experiences will help us better serve the farming community.  Questions about this survey can be directed to kgilbery@seedsavers.org