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Edible Weeds from Farm to Market: Farmer Survey Responses Needed

Wild edible mustards.
Photo courtesy of CCE Columbia and Greene Counties Agroforestry Research Center.

Edible Weeds from Farm to Market is a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) funded project of CCE Columbia and Greene Counties Agroforestry Research Center. The project is researching the use and marketability of edible weeds as supplemental farm crops. A free resource guide will be developed for farmers on how (and why) to add edible weeds to their harvest lists. Many common weeds that growers battle with, such as purslane, lamb’s quarters, and pigweed amaranth, are the very ones popping up on restaurant menus and at farmers’ markets.

The market potential for edible weeds is expanding. Some farmers are well-positioned to take advantage of this supplemental income. Are you a farmer in the Northeast interested or experienced in selling wild foods from your farm? If so, take a few minutes to fill out this survey by December 31, 2018.

To learn more about this project, visit www.foundwild.com/weeds-as-crops. The survey results, combined with a literature review and interviews, will be used to create the resource guide and be available to farmers through the Northeast. To get involved, contact Tusha Yakovleva at tushayak@gmail.com. There are various ways to participate and any input about the intersections of agriculture and wild foods is welcomed.

Kelsie Raucher

Kelsie Raucher

Kelsie is from southwest Missouri and grew up on a 150-acre farm helping her family buy and sell horses and cattle. She credits FFA for finding her passion for agriculture and food issues and desiring a career as an “agvocate.” Since coming to Cornell, she has gained interest in local production, global food issues, and environmental impacts of and on agriculture. She joined the Cornell Small Farms Program in May of 2018 and is excited to gain experience to complement coursework in the Agricultural Sciences major and Communication major.

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