Farmer Interviews as a Tool for Educating Agricultural Support Personnel and Other Farmers

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2001: $42,120.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $6,500.00
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:
Stewart Smith
Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: barley, corn, potatoes, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: melons, apples, berries (cranberries), grapes, pears, berries (strawberries)
  • Vegetables: asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, celery, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), lentils, onions, parsnips, peas (culinary), peppers, rutabagas, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, brussel sprouts
  • Additional Plants: herbs, native plants, ornamentals, trees
  • Animals: bovine, poultry, goats, swine, sheep
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: free-range, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: extension
  • Farm Business Management: community-supported agriculture, marketing management, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity
  • Pest Management: integrated pest management, mulching - plastic, row covers (for pests), weed ecology
  • Production Systems: holistic management, transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: green manures, composting, organic matter, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: infrastructure analysis, analysis of personal/family life, employment opportunities, social networks, sustainability measures
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.