Northeast Farmers Being Surveyed on Edible Weeds
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Weeds as Crops project funded by Northeast SARE is researching the use and marketability of edible weeds as supplemental farm crops. The project is collecting information from farmers for a resource guide on how and why to use edible weeds as crops. The guide will be made available online and distributed throughout the Northeast to help empower producers who wish to add edible weeds to their harvest lists. Farmers interested or experienced in selling wild foods are invited to participate in an online survey. For farmers, bringing edible weeds to market can diversify production, increase the dollar-per-acre yield, offset labor costs, and potentially reduce the overall weed seed bank. Furthermore, weed crops don’t require fossil-fuel inputs or soil amendments, and consumption offers an organic control for some invasive species.