The British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Food (AF) is developing a Five-Year Knowledge Transfer Plan for Silvopasture in BC. I’m pleased to be coordinating the development of this plan under the direction of a diverse and knowledgeable project steering committee.

Do you have experience in using silvopastoral methods, or an interest in learning more about silvopasture? Your input would be welcomed into the development of the Knowledge Transfer Plan. Start by completing one of the two surveys listed below. One is designed for producers (agricultural, woodlot managers, both new or experienced). The second is designed primarily for professionals (Agrologists, Biologists, Foresters and Planners) in British Columbia that use, or are interested in using silvopastoral practices.

To assist AF in developing this plan your participation is welcomed in an online survey to help better understand your interests, aspirations, concerns and priorities. These surveys will allow AF to profile silvopasture production practices and interests throughout BC and understand your motivation for using silvopasture. The surveys will allow you to rate support topics and support methods: how you prefer to learn and receive information.

The survey should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. Please feel free to pass these links onto others in BC with an interest in improved access to silvopasture information and support. The surveys will be open until August 31, 2022.

Before completing the survey, you can review some general information on silvopasture in BC.

Survey for Producers and Land Managers

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17DFnL4kPpQzKUPL7FxXBOMlYuH2of9UJMYKca9ltQZw

Survey for Resource Professionals:

Survey for Resource Professionals

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JxjiwVjbvY_UY429JmQdKDoCvfnMQzc2rkynEQO5_ac

Interviews and Focus Groups

If you are willing to provide additional assistance and share your interests and ideas please participate in an interview or a focus group. Interviews will begin this summer and focus groups will be held in the fall.

To participate in an interview or focus group please use this contact form to provide your name, email address and phone number. Please enter “silvopasture” in the subject line.

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    Notice of Collection of Information

    Survey responses are intended to be anonymous, and data will be used in amalgamated form only. The purpose of the survey is to assist the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food in developing a Five-Year Knowledge-Transfer Plan for Silvopasture. Participants are also needed for interviews and focus groups to help identify and provide direction on the development of new silvopasture communication approaches and products for BC.

    If you wish to further participate in development of the Knowledge Transfer Plan, you will be asked to submit contact information at the end of the survey (through a web link). It is optional for you to provide contact information. Your contact information is collected under section 26(c) and 26(e) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purposes explained above. Contact information provided will not be used to associate your identity with your survey responses. If you have questions please contact Lisa Zabek, Agroforestry Specialist, BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food at Lisa.Zabek@gov.bc.ca or 250-312-7277.

    If you wish to submit your responses outside of Google Forms or other web forms, please contact George Powell, project coordinator, at info@agforinsight.com. Be advised, if you choose to email your responses, your email will not be collected and stored with your survey responses, and your responses will be anonymized.

    Personal Information Reminder

    Please do enter personal details/information in the survey. If you wish to provide contact information to participate further in this project, you will be directed (through a web link) to a new form to submit your contact information. Otherwise, if personal information is provided it will be removed to maintain anonymity and use of the information in aggregated form only.

    Acknowledgement

    Funding for the development of the Five-Year Knowledge Transfer Plan for Silvopasture has been provided by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership – a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

    Canadian Agricultural Partnership - a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.