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Symposium Year: 2012
Student(s): Susan Snow, Brody McAllister, and MaryAnna Cole
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Sunshine L. Brosi
Undergraduate Ethnobotany Majors conducted a survey targeted to consumers in these three counties about their interest in local produce. Our survey was designed to give us a broad understanding of the customer base, aspects of available information or products that may need future improvement, what influences consumer’s decisions about local produce and to foster further thought on the part of the in the community regarding consumer choices for what is put on their tables. We found that community supported agriculture (CSAs) had the highest consumer satisfaction with local produce availability, that local is of interest to the community but people don’t think it is available, and that we have many more questions to ask. We plan to extend our research base to the farms themselves by surveying what they produce, who their customer base is and what markets they sell from. This is tentatively planned for winter 2012-2013, when life is less hectic for farmers. We are also planning to set up an outreach event at a local venue in early summer. The plan is to serve local foods while farmers talk to the community about CSA’s, production methods, etc. thereby expanding community awareness of these local practices.
Present in 2013
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