Northern New England Adaptation Survey

250 farmers across New England will participate in the survey this year.  A report based on the results will be published in 2018, followed by a listening tour – a series of focus groups where farmers identify the kinds of support they need to adapt to increasingly extreme weather conditions.

Please read the information below and then click here to take the survey.  Survey respondents enter a drawing to win a thank you gift from one of your generous local sponsors.  1 in 2 people will get a prize.


Principal Investigator (PI):  Alissa White, Graduate Student, Department of Plant & Soil Science, UVM

Faculty Sponsors: V. Ernesto Mendez & Joshua Faulkner

Funders:  Northeast SARE & USDA Northeast Climate Hub


You are being invited to take part in this research study because you have experience farming in the northeastern US. This study is being conducted by Alissa White, a graduate student at the University of Vermont, with guidance from Dr. V. Ernesto Mendez and Dr. Joshua Faulkner

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to generate usable information for farmers about adapting to the impacts of climate change, and is based on the idea that many farmers are actively and successfully adapting to severe weather to sustain the economic viability and ecological health of their farms. The study will draw upon the experience and knowledge of vegetable and berry growers across four states in northern New England to identify adaptive management practices already in use on farms in the region, and identify innovative strategies that are emerging to manage for increased incidence of drought and extreme precipitation.  This study is designed to facilitate farmer-to-farmer learning across networks within the region, which will support and inform planning for extreme weather.

Study Procedures

If you take part in the study, you will be asked to complete a survey and answer some questions about your farm and your farm management. The survey should take about 20 minutes of your time.

Benefits

As a participant in this research study, there may not be an immediate direct benefit for you; however, information from this study may benefit you and your farming community in the future.

Risks   

We will do our best to protect the information we collect from you during this study.  We will not collect any information that will identify you to further protect your confidentiality and avoid any potential risk for an accidental breach of confidentiality.

Costs

There will be no costs to you for participation in this research study.=

Compensation

You will not be paid for taking part in this study. 

Confidentiality

All information collected about you during the course of this study will be kept as confidential as possible.  Should your survey answers identify you, they will be managed to secure your confidentiality.  Data will stored with a code name or number so that only Alissa White and her research assistant are able to match you to your answers during our analysis. Secure servers and password protection will keep the data from this study secure. Your information will be kept secure and protected for 5 years.

Voluntary Participation/Withdrawal

Taking part in this study is voluntary.  You are free to not answer any questions or withdraw at any time.   You may choose not to take part in this study, or if you decide to take part, you can change your mind later and withdraw from the study.

Questions

If you have any questions about this study now or in the future, you may contact Alissa White at the following phone number 802-656-3131. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, then you may contact the Director of the Research Protections Office at (802) 656-5040.

Participation

Your participation is voluntary, and you may refuse to participate without penalty or discrimination at any time.

Click here to take the survey.