SURVEY: Soil Quality, Farmer Health, and Product Quality

Posted by Michalina Hunter on November 27, 2020

Soil Quality, Farmer Health, and Product Quality

You are invited to participate in a study to understand how capturing soil carbon through agricultural management practices impacts farmer health and food quality.  As a farmer in BC, we thought you might be interested in supporting efforts to shift the current policy paradigm to one that recognizes the multidisciplinary aspects of your job. If you are not a farmer, please pass this along to those that you know!

The survey below will take about 20-25 minutes, and doesn’t require any long narrative contributions (although there is space for that if you are so inclined). You may wish to have some information handy about your soil and animal-based operational activities from 2019 before you begin. 

You will also have an opportunity within the survey to express your interest in participating in direct soil testing at your farm next Spring, and in having your food products tested relative to marketplace alternatives. Up to 50 locations across all regions of BC will be selected for in depth soil and product testing. 

The survey will remain open until January 29, 2021.

This research is being conducted by graduate student Brooke Hayes as part of a master’s project under the supervision of Dr. John Volpe in Ecogastronomy Lab in the the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. These individuals can be contacted at or if you have questions about this project. In addition, you may verify the ethical approval of this study, or raise any concerns you might have, by contacting the Human Research Ethics Office at the University of Victoria (250-472-4545 or   

For additional details about the objectives of this research and the potential risks and benefits of participating, including what will happen with your data (it will be held anonymous and confidential – and stored in Canada), please contact the researchers or visit the following site:  

By completing and submitting the questionnaire, YOUR FREE AND INFORMED CONSENT IS IMPLIED and indicates that you understand the conditions of participation in this study and that you have had the opportunity to have your questions answered by the researchers.

Click the link below to start the survey. Thank you for your participation!

Take the survey: