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  • Conner, D.; King, B.; Kolodinsky, J.; Roche, E.; Koliba, C.; Trubek, A. (Agriculture and Human Values, 2012
      Farm to School (FTS) programs are increasingly popular as methods to teach students about food, nutrition, and agriculture by connecting students with the sources of the food that they eat. They may also provide opportunity for farmers seeking to diversify market channels. Food service buyers in FTS programs often choose to procure food for school meals directly from farmers. The distribution practices required for such direct procurement often bring significant transaction costs for both school food service professionals and farmers. Analysis of data from a survey of Vermont farmers who sell directly to school food services explores farmers' motivations and distribution practices in these partnerships. A two-step cluster analysis procedure characterizes farmers' motivations along a continuum between market-based and socially embedded values. Further bivariate analysis shows that farmers who are motivated most by market-based values are significantly associated with distribution practices that facilitate sales to school food services. Implications for technical assistance to facilitate these sales are discussed.
  • McMahon, Margaret (2004-10-18
      Young plants being grown for cut flowers planted in ground bed
  • Wilson, Sandra (2006-03-23
      Image of newly established potted rose production. Spagetti tubes with irrigation stakes can be seen down the middle of the containers. Older plants can be seen on right side of image. Concrete floors help keep the area clean and lessen disease and insect problems. With exceptional climate, the heart of Italy’s floriculture industry is in San Remo.
  • McMahon, Peg (2006-07-13
      These young stock plants have been pinched to force lateral branching. The stub where the pinch was made can be seen along with the branches that have developed below the pinch. The branches are the source of future harvests of cuttings.
  • McMahon, Peg (2006-07-13
      These young stock plants have been pinched to force lateral branching. The branches are the source of future harvests of cuttings.
  • Wilson, Sandra (2006-05-15
      Image of latent buds beginning to grow on Yucca stalks.
  • Wilson, Sandra (2006-05-15
      Thousands of Yucca elephantipes stems in small containers are beginning to sprout side shoots. Heavy duty wire mesh keeps canes from tipping over.
  • Smïth, Jéne (2013-02-13

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