Harvest of the Month Producer Survey
In 2018 the Maine Department of Education, in partnership with the Maine Farm to School Network, will launch a pilot program called Harvest of the Month. Other states around the country have had success with the same model.
Harvest of the Month is a marketing program that will be used to help promote the use of seasonally available, local, Maine products in schools. It will include a calendar featuring different products/crops for each month, marketing materials to help showcase the use of these products to students and recipes and other tools to help food service staff utilize those products. It can also include support to help find more local products in some cases. It requires an institutional commitment to source and serve the identified products a certain number of times during that month (often 2 times) and ability to complete some short surveys about their participation. With over 600 schools in the state of Maine who spent $31.9 M on food in 2018 and over $3.7M spent on local purchasing, according to most recent farm to school census data, the intent of Harvest of the Month is to further increase the local food dollars invested.

This questionnaire is an effort to gather input from producers about the program and how we can make it fit your needs. Participants who complete the survey and provide input into Harvest of the Month design and implementation will be entered into a drawing for $100. The survey should take you 15 minutes or less.

Please feel free to also reach out to us by contacting Vina Lindley, Cooperative Extension, at vina.lindley@maine.edu or 207-342-5971 to discuss this further. Thank you!

This project is supported by a Maine Department of Agriculture Agricultural Direct Technical Assistance Grant.

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Name:
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Role or title:
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Farm Name:
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Contact info (email/address):
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Phone:
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What county is your farm based in?
What town/towns is your farm in?
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Are you currently selling wholesale?
If so, what percentage of your sales would you say are wholesale?
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If you are currently selling wholesale are you selling...
What do you see as the benefits of selling to schools?
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Do you feel there are the barriers to selling to schools?
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Which of the following crops would you be interested in selling wholesale and when?
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Apples
Blueberries
Pears
Raspberries/Blackberries
Strawberries
Asparagus
Asian Greens
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cucumbers
Garlic/Leeks/Onions
Green Beans
Head Lettuce
Herbs
Kale
Kohlrabi
Parsnips
Peas
Peppers
Potatoes
Radishes
Salad greens/mixes
Spinach
Squash (summer)
Squash (winter)
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes
Dry Beans
Oats
Dairy
Eggs
Beef
Chicken
Pork
Turkey
Sea Vegetables
Fish/Shellfish