Hello. My name is Charles Caster and I am an undergraduate student with the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences (SNRAS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The school seeks to improve the understanding of how much of the food that Alaskans consume is produced in our state. As part of this effort, I have put together this survey for vegetable and fruit growers in the Tanana Valley region who produce for our community. I am working in collaboration with Drs. Joshua Greenberg, Craig Gerlach, Peter Fix, and Dean Carol Lewis at UAF and with producers in the farm and agricultural community. We intend to extend this survey in the future to food producers across the state. We are interested in providing relevant and useful information that producers need to promote a robust local food system.
This survey is intended to complement the U.S. Department of Agricultural survey for Alaska producers. With your help and support, we can provide a more accurate estimate of current production and producer needs. Better information may strengthen our local food system for the benefit of our environment, the community and your customers. This survey is completely voluntary and confidential (all personally identifiable information withheld). When complete, results of the study will be available at the main SNRAS website, http://www.uaf.edu/snras/. I sincerely thank you for your time and consideration.
If you have any questions about this survey please contact me, Charles Caster at 907-455-3890, e-mail: email@example.com or my advisor, Dr. Joshua Greenberg at 907-474-7189, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For filling out and sending back the following survey, your name will be entered in a drawing for three prizes (a 20-pound, a 15-pound, and a 10-pound package) of Alaska-grown beef raised at our own Matanuska Experiment Farm.