Barriers to Farming in WNC
2019 Survey Open for Farmers in Western NC
We Need Your Input!
In the Spring of 2019, Organic Growers School has teamed up with North Caroline Dept of Agriculture, Southwestern RC&D, and the Carolina Land & Lakes RC&D to find out what is the current status of Farming in NC.
We know it’s getting to be planting and calving time and things are gearing up as the buds start to poke out of the dirt. We ask that you take these last moments of late winter to fill out our Farming in NC survey
The direct link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z9LQ6CN.
Your feedback will lead directly to more programs and support that you need. Give the agriculture support professionals an idea of what you want and need and what you are currently doing, so we can tailor our services to you! See below for how the first survey in 2015 had a real and lasting impact.
Previous Survey Re: Barriers to Farming in Western North Carolina
In April and May 2015, we developed an online survey in collaboration with OGS staff, board, and farmer-led committee members. The survey was divided into three concentrations; access, knowledge/expertise and lifestyle/community. Even though it was during the busy spring season, we had over 150 farmers respond! Thank you!! We found we successfully reached those newer to farming, with 73% respondents farming 10 years or less, and 48% under the age of 39.
In addition to the on-line survey, we conducted one-on-one interviews with ten emerging & beginning farmers and held a focus group with 6 farmers in their 5th-10th year farming asking what they saw as the primary barriers to farming in WNC.
Executive Summary: Barriers to Farming in WNC Published August 2015
Barriers to Farmer in WNC Full Survey Report96 pages — Published August 2015
Barriers to Farming in WNC Survey Report without Appendices 31 pages — Published August 2015
OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Grant #2016-70017-25341, USDA Rural Business Development Program, Community Foundation of WNC, Polk County Community Foundation, CLIF Bar Family Foundation Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Earth Tools, Biltmore Company, Buchi, Living Web Farms, and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are Hendersonville Community Co-op, and WNCW.
Author: Nicole DelCogliano
Nicole DelCogliano is Farmer Program Coordinator at OGS. She teaches the year long Farm Beginnings program to new and beginning farmers. She also farms in Yancey County with her husband, at Green Toe Ground farm.