Michigan Farmer Field School - Farmer Survey

Dear Farmer,

The Michigan Farmer Field School at the MSU Student Organic Farm would like your help identifying workshops for 2017 that would be the most help to you in your farm business.
 
If you are a new/beginning Michigan farmer (in your first 10 years of farming) primarily focused on vegetable production, please help us help you by taking a few minutes to fill out the following survey.

Please forward the link for this survey to farmers you know.
 
Thank You
The Michigan Farmer Field School Team
 

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* 1. Have you heard of or attended a Michigan Farmer Field School workshop?

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* 3. Please provide the first 3 digits of your zipcode

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* 4. Which of the following possible workshop topics would you be most likely to attend in the first half of 2017?

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Making and Using a Great Record-Keeping System
The Super Efficient Greenhouse
Winter & Spring Crops for the High Tunnel
The Super Efficient Wash/Pack House
Growing and Diversifying a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Operation
High Dollar Farming Tips for the Small and Large Farm
Collaborating with other farms to reach Regional Markets
 Adding Season Extension or Year-Round Vegetable Production to your Farm Business
Improving Production and Sales by crop type (e.g. Brassicas, Cutting Greens, Solonaceous crops etc)
Understanding your farm's financial health using cash flow, balance sheets, and other financial measurement tools
Marketing & Selling All the Food You Grow
Farm record keeping software and apps (probably with another business topic(s))
Strategies for Accessing Alternative and Flexible Capital
Tractor and Small Engine Maintenance & Repair
Understanding and Utilizing Food Hubs and Regional Distributors
Transitioning to Sustainable/Organic Production Profitably
Legal, Financial and Alternative Strategies for Land Access and Retention
Planning, Designing and Maintaining Farm Infrastructure
Incorporating Food Safety into Your Farm System
Building Local Farmer Networks and Support Systems

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* 5. Farmer Field School is working to develop a farmer learning community in in Michigan. If you would you be willing, please share below the name, phone and email of new/beginning farmers (in their first 10 years of farming) you think would benefit from some or many of the potential workshop topics listed above.

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* 6. Farmer Field School is also working to develop a network of farmer mentor/experts to both help develop and host future workshops but also to become a resource base for farmer-to-farmer learning in Michigan. If you would you be willing, please share below the name, phone and email of farmers, extension agents or other resource people who have made a difference in the success of your farm business.

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