Grower Survey Introduction

The Lee County Economic Development Authority and the Lee County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, in partnership with The Virginia Foundation for Agriculture Innovation and Rural Sustainability (VA FAIRS) and Matson Consulting, are examining the feasibility of establishing and operating a produce auction in Lee County, Virginia.

The purpose of this project is to provide an overall evaluation and analysis of a local produce auction or similar infrastructure project intended to help producers expand their market area, bridge gaps to market access, pool together products to meet market demands, and improve overall farm business viability.

As part of this strategic planning process, this survey has been developed to gather feedback from regional stakeholders. The following questions are intended for producers in and around Lee County, with the goal of learning if and how growers could benefit from such a project.