3.
Social and Community Aspects

  1. What motivated you to choose this approach to farming? What keeps you enthusiastic about your approach?

  2. Do your customers/buyers have an impact on how you farm? Do they impact what you produce? If so, what kind of impact?

  3. How do you get information and advice for your farming? (main sources)

  4. Who comes to you for advice about farming?

  5. Do you share information with other farmers?

  6. Do you make an effort to share information about your operation with the public?

  7. Are you involved with any farmers’ groups or other organizations?

  8. Do you work with any government agencies?

  9. What government programs have the largest impacts on your operation?

  10. Are you involved in farm policy issues? If so, how?

  11. How does the way you farm influence the way your community relates to you?

DEVELOPMENT PRESSURE

1.

How much pressure does your operation feel from growth and development in your area?

2.

What opportunities and challenges does urban growth and development present to your farm?

3.

Farm transition challenges—how do you ensure viability of operation across generations/time?

 

3.1.

How to ensure sustainability (values) across generations/time?

 

3.2.

How to mitigate start-up costs for new farmers by removing land (and perhaps some infrastructure) costs through long-term lease and trust arrangements (to replace fee-simple purchase and/or inheritance models by community-based stewardship models)?

 

3.3.

How to connect successive generations to pass on knowledge and practical experience?

 

3.4.

How to secure the older generation while enabling the future of the next generation?



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