The Foundation invests in enhancing understanding of the Greenbelt’s invaluable natural and economic systems. We collaborate with experts, and undertake and fund research and analysis that helps ensure the long term health and prosperity of the Greenbelt, with a particular focus on the Greenbelt’s agricultural system, natural heritage system, rural economies, and the implementation of the Greenbelt Plan itself.
Request for Proposals:
Growing the Fruit & Vegetable Sector – Farmer Case Studies
As a companion piece to “Plant the Seeds,” this project would produce engaging, public-friendly case studies of fruit and vegetable farmers who are working to expand production on their farm. It will involve in-depth interviews with 5 farmers in or near the Greenbelt who grow one or more of the crops analyzed in the original report (fresh grapes, pears, strawberries, garlic, eggplant, sweet potatoes) or operate a vertical farm. The case studies are intended to document the farmers’ background and experiences growing the crop(s)/operating a vertical farm, how they plan to or are expanding local production, and what challenges they face producing and expanding their crop or vertical farm operation.
The format of the report should be similar to the Foundation’s 2018 report, “Greenbelt Farmers: Sustaining Soil Health” and 2015 report, “Greenbelt Farmers: Sowing the Seeds of Success.” It is expected that the case studies will be written in an accessible and engaging way, with the intention of helping the public develop an understanding of Greenbelt fruit and vegetable farmers and their efforts to grow more local produce.
Proposals must be received by email no later than September 25th, 2020.
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