Survey of Extension's Role in Urban Agriculture Results

Community, Local and Regional Food Systems June 17, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

By Lucy Diekmann, Julie Dawson, Jacqueline Kowalski, Brian Raison, Marcia Ostrom, Rob Bennaton, and Connie Fisk

May 2016 • Community, Local & Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) Community of Practice

Extension educators throughout the country are involved in work focused on urban agriculture. To date, however, few if any studies have been completed that examine the scope and extent of that work. In 2015, the eXtension Community, Local and Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) Community of Practice conducted a national survey aimed at measuring Extension’s role in urban agriculture. The CLRFS Community of Practice is a national network of more than 400 educators, researchers and practitioners who collaborate to conduct new research and programs, expand professional networking, and create innovative educational opportunities.

This survey was developed collaboratively by members of the Urban Agriculture Working Group, a sub-team that provides opportunities for CLRFS members to share information, learn, and collaborate on topics and issues related to urban agriculture. The survey included both open and closed-ended questions asking respondents to describe their Extension work, their activities related to urban agriculture, challenges they face, and Extension programs and resources relevant for urban agriculture.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.