Expanding Winter Harvest and Sales: New England Vegetable Growers’ Needs Assessment

We are seeking input and involvement from vegetable growers on a project to help build the capacity for winter vegetable production in our region. Northeast SARE has provided funding for a 3-year Research & Education project to expand winter harvest and sales for New England vegetable crops. Partners on the project include University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) and Seacoast Eat Local. We are in the first year of the project, interviewing growers, setting up research trials, organizing winter markets, and planning educational workshops and meetings for farmers.

All information is confidential, and will be released only in aggregate.

Please complete our brief survey and get connected with a network of growers who are working to expand the winter harvest!

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WINTER SALES:
Did your farm sell vegetables during the winter last year (2009-2010)?

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MARKETING:
Indicate your farm’s winter marketing outlets below.

  Check all that apply
Winter Farmers' Markets
Winter CSA
Sales to Restaurants
Wholesale

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Of total winter vegetable sales between December 1, 2009 and April 30, 2010, indicate what % was sold through each outlet.

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WINTER GROSS SALES:
What was your farm’s approximated gross income from vegetable sales last winter (December 2009 through April 2010)?

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PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL GROSS SALES: What % of your farm's annual gross vegetable sales are made during the winter months (December - April)?

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SEASON EXTENSION: If you use season extension, what type do you use? Check all that apply.

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CROP STORAGE: If you store crops grown during the summer and fall, what type of storage do you use? Check all that apply.

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NEEDS:
What kind of information or assistance does your farm need to help you expand winter production and marketing? Check all that apply.

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GET INVOLVED!
If you would like to be notified about upcoming workshops, farmer-to-farmer meetings, farm visits, and other winter production and marketing resources, please provide your contact information.

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