Who is leading the project? - The work was carried out by Huxley College’s Resilience Institute at Western Washington University. Gigi Berardi was the project’s principle investigator; Rebekah Green was a co-principle investigator. Byrant Hammond was the project's graduate research assistant and Sam Ripley worked on the project as an undergraduate research assistant. Other students assisted. Mary Dumas, of Dumas and Associates, facilitated the workshops and added additional insights.
Where did the study take place? - The study was carried out in three northwestern Washington State counties: Whatcom County, San Juan County, and Snohomish County.
When did the study start? - The study started May 1, 2009 for two years and was extended for an additional year.
What are Small- and Medium-sized Farms? - The USDA categorizes farms in a number of ways. One categorization is based on sales. Small and medium-sized farms are those with annual gross sales below $250,000. Large farms are those generating sales above $250,000. Another categorization is by size. Small farms are defined as up to 70 acres. Medium-sized farms are defined as having 70 acres up to 1000 acres.
Who funded the study? - Initial funding for this study was provided by the National Research Initiative of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2009-55618-05083. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the study findings are those of the researchers and do not necessarily reflect the views of USDA or other funding organizations. Additional funding was provided by the Whatcom Community Foundation, which funded the website design produced by Western Washington University student Douglas Gustafson.