End of Season Survey: CRAFT Apprentice/Student Are you a(n)*Apprentice/InternFarm EmployeeStudent of FarmingFarm EnthusiastIf a farm apprentice/intern/employee, how long have you worked on farms?*How many CRAFT events have you participated in this year?*1-3 events4-6 events6+ eventsWhat did you learn most about, or in what area do you feel your knowledge/skills improved due to this year's CRAFT tours. Check all that apply. This lets us know how effective the tours have been at educating CRAFT members.* Field Preparation & Planting Production Planning & Record Keeping Marketing, Processing, & Value-Added Products Soil, Nutrient Cycling, Cover-Cropping, Composting Irrigation/Watering Pest Management (Insects, Diseases, & Weeds) Equipment, Tools, & Maintenance Season Extension & Greenhouse Management Other If other, please describe.*Comments*Do you plan to farm in the future?*YesNoIf no, please explain why.*If yes, how do you plan to use your farm experience?*As a full time farmer.As an agricultural professional (e.g. extension agent, garden teacher, market manager, etc. )As a lifestyle with off-farm income.What type of farming do you plan to do?*Do you plan to farm in WNC?*YesNoWhere do you plan to farm?*Comments?*What do you perceive to be the biggest barriers/challenges to farming on your own?* Farming know-how (your knowledge of how to farm) Price of leasing land Price of buying land Finding the right piece of land Housing on or near the farm Buying equipment/tools/seeds, etc. Off-farm income Possible debt Marketing Writing a business plan Confidence to take the leap Support from local service providers Continued support (ie mentoring) Other If other, please describe:*How has this year's CRAFT program affected you? Has it influenced your plans for the future? In what ways? Does it make you more or less likely to be involved in farming?*Please highlight one CRAFT tour or experience that stood out for you and note how it was impactful. Our grantors are looking for stories from program participants as another measure of the program's success.*We are hoping to get funding to help new farmers succeed. To do so, we are compiling data. Can we share your anonymous responses with our funding partners?*YesNoOptional QuestionsDid the timing and organization of the tours work for you? Day of the week? More or less time at tours? More emails/fewer emails? More hands-on? Apprentice-only events?What other kinds of farm operations or additional skills would you like to see or learn on tours? What other farms would you like to visit?Have you used the printed or online version of the CRAFT handbook this summer?YesNoDo you plan to use it in the future?YesNoWas it helpful or unhelpful? Please explain.How old are you?18-2930-3940-4950-5960-6970+Are youmalefemaleotherWhere are you from?What education level have you completed?Did not complete high schoolHigh schoolSome collegeUndergraduateMastersPhD & beyondWhat is your background in farming before this year?If you'd like to be entered to win a free one-day pass to the Organic Growers School Spring Conference, please give us your name & email address.