- Agronomic: peanuts
- Fruits: melons, apples, berries (other), berries (blueberries), cherries, grapes, peaches, plums, berries (strawberries)
- Nuts: almonds, pecans
- Vegetables: sweet potatoes, asparagus, beans, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cucurbits, garlic, greens (leafy), leeks, onions, peas (culinary), peppers, radishes (culinary), sweet corn, tomatoes, brussel sprouts
- Additional Plants: herbs, ornamentals
- Miscellaneous: mushrooms
- Crop Production: food product quality/safety
- Education and Training: farmer to farmer, focus group, participatory research
- Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, cooperatives, marketing management, farm-to-institution, market study, risk management
- Sustainable Communities: public policy
Despite significant public interest in “local” food procurement, logistic and food safety considerations and constraints limit the ability of small and medium scale (SMS) specialty crops producers to serve as direct suppliers to institutional foodservices (schools, hospitals etc.). General barriers to this marketing channel, and those specifically related to proposed traceability requirements, were explored. Recommendations regarding implementing traceability programs both in SMS diversified specialty crops operations, and institutional foodservice operations, were collected and refined. In addition, several important recommendations for future research and extension initiatives were identified; these will be pursued through future initiatives.
The objectives of this study are:
1. To examine and document the relevant issues, research questions and extension needs of small-medium scale (SMS) specialty crop producers with regard to traceability practices;
2. To examine and document the relevant issues, research questions and information needs of institutional food purchasers to document traceability throughout food-service;
3. To assess the extent to which there exist similarities and/or conflict between the traceability information and logistic needs of small-medium scale producers, and institutional food providers;
4. To collect, document, and integrate suggestions regarding best-practices for traceability in the operations of small-medium scale specialty crop producers and institutional food services.