Whole farm case studies : a how-to guide Public Deposited

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  • Calls for increased farmer involvement in research and extension programs have been numerous and well supported. One approach to integrate the collective knowledge and experience of agricultural scientists and farmers is through whole farm case studies (WFCS). An interdisciplinary team of 34 research and extension personnel at Oregon and Washington State Universities conducted WFCS of 16 vegetable and small fruit farms beginning in April 1989. The objectives of the Oregon/Washington case study project were to: (1) increase farmer involvement in research and education programs; (2) develop an interdisciplinary team to address issues of agricultural sustainability in western Oregon and Washington; (3) examine the use of the case study approach in agricultural situations; (4) prepare a guide to assist other persons interested in conducting WFCS; (5) develop a better understanding of vegetable and small fruit farming systems in the region; and, (6) identify sustainable agriculture research and education needs in western Oregon and Washington. The WFCS process proved useful in developing an interdisciplinary team, and the vast majority of team members participating in the study stated they would consider using the WFCS approach again in their work. However, the primary constraint cited by all team members was the amount of time required to conduct the study. The process of conducting WFCS in western Oregon and Washington improved communication among a wide group of people. Team members gained a better understanding of the complexity of farms and identified several areas requiring further research. Farmers stated they enjoyed participating in the case study project and discovered new information that will assist them in managing their farming systems. Farmer-developed innovations were identified that are useful to other farmers and to the research process. Included in this thesis are: (1) a guide for conducting whole farm case studies; (2) a summary of data collected from 16 farms in western Oregon and Washington participating in the WFCS, including a summary of interaction among interdisciplinary team members; and, (3) a profile of one of the farms participating in the WFCS.
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