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Page: Project Introduction
1. I am interested in this project mainly from the perspective of the following (check all that apply):
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Aspiring farmer
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Mentor farmer
11.3%7
Educator
19.4%12
Possible management team
8.1%5
Marketing or communications mentor
3.2%2
Business mentor
4.8%3
Programming organizer
9.7%6
Supplies/equipment organizer
4.8%3
Volunteer
46.8%29
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Page: Factors for Success Site & Production
2. Please help us determine the most important considerations for success relating to the actual land or site. Examples of topics include location, soil, water, deer and other pests, size of the leased plots, permaculture considerations, etc. Please be as specific as you can in helping us to understand what is needed for optimum performance on the site.
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3. Please help us determine the most important considerations for success relating to organic agriculture production/growing of crops in a farm incubator setting. Examples of topics include preferred crops; what is needed to grow them well (soil amendments, etc); amount of land needed per farmer; equipment needed; supplies for growing, harvesting, processing, or packaging; educational topics, etc. Please be as specific as you can in helping us to understand what is needed for optimum success.
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Page: Factors for Success Distribution & Management
4. Please help us determine the most important considerations for success relating to product marketing, sales, or distribution. Examples of topics include product storage, packaging, technology equipment and supplies, internet, delivery vehicle, on-site sales, off-site sales coordination, etc. Please be as specific as you can in helping us to understand what is needed for optimum success.
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5. Please comment on any suggestions you may have for management concerns for the farm incubator. Examples of topics may include setting lease rates or cost share agreements, providing mentorship in business planning, qualifications for the Board of Directors, qualifications for a farm manager, etc. Please be as specific as you can as we are creating the support team and your input will be very helpful.
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Page: Factors for Success Education & Participants
6. Please help us with ideas for educational topics or training ideas for beginning farmers. Please be as specific as possible, and indicate whether a particular topic is best addressed through demonstration, field trips, online classes, etc.
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7. What are the characteristics that we should look for in recruiting beginning farmers? You might address previous experience, technical knowledge, business expertise, goals, or personality factors for example.
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Page: Challenges
8. Rate how much of a challenge the following items (or lack of the following items) are for beginning farmers from your perspective (1 is least difficult, 5 is most difficult):
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Access to affordable land8.7% (2)4.3% (1)13.0% (3)30.4% (7)43.5% (10)3.9623
Access to financing9.1% (2)9.1% (2)9.1% (2)40.9% (9)31.8% (7)3.7722
Access to equipment4.8% (1)9.5% (2)19.0% (4)47.6% (10)19.0% (4)3.6721
Loan application process9.5% (2)28.6% (6)14.3% (3)23.8% (5)23.8% (5)3.2421
Creating a business plan10.0% (2)20.0% (4)15.0% (3)35.0% (7)20.0% (4)3.3520
Finding a market to sell products27.3% (6)22.7% (5)13.6% (3)31.8% (7)4.5% (1)2.6422
Packaging or transporting product13.6% (3)36.4% (8)27.3% (6)13.6% (3)9.1% (2)2.6822
Knowledge in farming techniques4.5% (1)22.7% (5)13.6% (3)36.4% (8)22.7% (5)3.5022
Knowledge of organic agriculture9.5% (2)33.3% (7)9.5% (2)23.8% (5)23.8% (5)3.1921
Experience with equipment4.8% (1)23.8% (5)23.8% (5)28.6% (6)19.0% (4)3.3321
Mentorship from an experienced farmer13.6% (3)18.2% (4)18.2% (4)36.4% (8)13.6% (3)3.1822
No support groups14.3% (3)33.3% (7)14.3% (3)28.6% (6)9.5% (2)2.8621
Lack or experience with insurance or legal issues14.3% (3)4.8% (1)4.8% (1)38.1% (8)38.1% (8)3.8121
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Page: Volunteer
9. I would be willing to be involved in planning for this project in the following ways (check all that apply): *Note, in the proposal stage, the Executive Committee would focus on the incubator organizational structure, management needs, mission statement, community outreach, and funding sources. The Resource Committee would focus on identifying project partners such as aspiring farmers, mentor farmers, educators, etc and also identifying potential sources for capital equipment and supplies. They might also assist the Executive Committee in estimating potential costs and revenues related to inputs and outputs from farm activities. One part of the Resource Committee may focus on the other potential incidental or supplemental uses of the property, such as the communal spaces (community orchard or bramble patch, demonstration gardens, greenways, children's area, etc)
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Executive Committee
71.4%5
Resource Committee - focus on farm activities
71.4%5
Resource Committee - focus on incidental communal activities
42.9%3
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