Tell us: What have you always wanted to ask a farmer?

Have you ever wanted to ask a farmer about GMOs, antibiotics, animal welfare, or just how they go about their day? Now's your chance.

We've partnered with the United States Famers and Ranchers Alliance (Read more here: https://food52.com/blog...) and we'll be taking your questions to farmers and bringing you the answers in a series of videos this fall.

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Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

What kind of fruit sprays can you use, while still remaining organic?

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Sarah Jampel
Sarah Jampel August 20, 2015

Do you name your animals? What sorts of relationships do you have with them?

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Leslie Stephens
Leslie Stephens August 20, 2015

I have a friend who raises cattle for meat and he names each of them with fast food burger names, like "Big Mac" and "Whopper"

caninechef
caninechef December 15, 2015

and I heard of a Chuck and Sir Loin

Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

When's the best time to spray apples and are there any sprays that are considered organic?

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Olivia Bloom
Olivia Bloom August 20, 2015

I want to buy the most cruelty-free eggs possible when I go to the grocery store. What's the difference between just plain organic, cage-free, and free range?

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Leslie Stephens
Leslie Stephens August 20, 2015

How has the juicing craze affected farmers? Is there a much higher demand for vegetables now (since one glass of juice uses up so many), are you able to keep up with the demand?

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Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Are there any fruits/vegetables you wouldn't buy non-organic because of the pesticides?

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Leslie Stephens
Leslie Stephens August 20, 2015

I've heard that crops like broccoli are very difficult to grow organically but celery is actually easier to grow organically in spite of issues with aphids with contemporary farming—is this true, and are there other crops that are nearly impossible to grow organic?

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx August 20, 2015

Do you sell to Whole Foods?

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Sarah Jampel
Sarah Jampel August 20, 2015

What percentage of the food you eat comes from your farm, other farms in the area, and other local sources? What produce do you get elsewhere?

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Sarah Jampel
Sarah Jampel August 20, 2015

Besides shopping locally and eating seasonally, what can we, as consumers (especially NYC consumers), be doing to support local farms?

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Samantha Weiss Hills
Samantha Weiss Hills August 20, 2015

What sustainability initiatives does your farm employ? What's been the most useful/effective one? The least?

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Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher August 20, 2015

If you had 2 acres of good land and wanted to feed your family what would you do? (Family are omnivores and love pork. :D )

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LE BEC FIN
LE BEC FIN December 16, 2015

mike, i think LOCATION is critical for your question. Where/what growing zone for that 2 acres?

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Ali Slagle
Ali Slagle August 20, 2015

For CA farmers: How have your practices changed since the drought?

For non-CA farmers: Have you felt a ripple effect from the CA drought?

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Dinner was Delicious
Dinner was Delicious August 20, 2015

From organic to grass fed to heirloom and back again, the sheer volume (and occasional misuse) of marketing buzzwords can make it hard for a consumer to pick the "best" product for their bodies and the planet. In your mind, what are the three most important things for folks can do to be good stewards in the kitchen?

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Jennifer Goggin
Jennifer Goggin August 20, 2015

Why can't I buy more local produce in my supermarket? I don't always have time to make it to the farmers market and need more choice and flexibility than a CSA offers.

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702551 August 20, 2015

Are you satisfied with the selection of organically acceptable agricultural chemicals?
Do you use non-chemical methods like Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at your farm?
Do you feel your organic farming practices have resulted in better quality and safer produce?
Overall, do you feel that the extra resources necessary for organic certification (more labor, chemical costs, paperwork) have been a worthwhile improvement to your farm as a business?
Do you feel that the manufacturing side of the food industry is making enough contributions to the production and distribution of healthier, better tasting and/or safer food?

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Lindsay-Jean Hard
Lindsay-Jean Hard August 20, 2015

What is the average consumer's biggest blind spot? What are we not asking/caring enough about? And alternatively, what are we focusing on too much?

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Nancy
Nancy August 20, 2015

This sounds similar to what I was going to ask.
1) What do we as consumers/purchasers do that drives farmers crazy?
2) what would farmers want us to do, that we are not doing?

Melly Scott
Melly Scott August 20, 2015

What laws should be passed to help farmers in the U.S. and what are the best strategies for farmers with climate change becoming a problem? Are journalists and activists getting the farmer story correct? How should cities and farms connect? What's your feelings toward corn usage for cows?

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laurenlocally
laurenlocally August 20, 2015

We know you are up early, what do you have for breakfast?

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scruz
scruz August 20, 2015

Do you think it is ethical to sell at a higher price what you produce and thereby let local consumers need to buy products from further away? Will you use genetically engineered/gene spliced seeds/clones/animals and will you feed them to your own family?

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scruz
scruz August 20, 2015

i meant to say is it ethical to sell your produce/product out of the area and other countries at a higher price and thereby have people local to your area need to buy products produced further away, including other countries?

SKK
SKK August 20, 2015

I was raised in a farming family and always wanted people to say thank you for the dedication you represent, especially up against BigAg. After the thank you, questions and a dialogue is always welcome.

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Jane Katz
Jane Katz August 21, 2015

How does someone start getting involved in the farming community while living in a city like New York? Besides shopping at the market...

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Panfusine
Panfusine August 21, 2015

For a small kitchen garden, is there a technique to planting crops such that the produce can be harvested in sequence to cover a menu over the entire season just picking what you need on a daily basis. (instead of having to harvest in bulk and having to freeze and store).

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Panfusine
Panfusine August 21, 2015

This would be for a vegetarian kitchen.

glutenfreegirl
glutenfreegirl August 21, 2015

What do you feel are some of the biggest misconceptions in the minds of Americans about agriculture today?

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Lindsay-Jean Hard
Lindsay-Jean Hard December 15, 2015

You asked, and now the answers are here from our trips to farms with the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. The first of four installments is up today! https://food52.com/blog...

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boulangere
boulangere December 15, 2015

What vegetables would you only consume in organic form?

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Lindsay-Jean Hard
Lindsay-Jean Hard December 17, 2015

Check out the second installment today, here: https://food52.com/blog... Our Partnerships Editor Samantha Weiss-Hills visited Bear Valley Ranch in California to find out a little more about what it's really like to be a cattle rancher.

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Lindsay-Jean Hard
Lindsay-Jean Hard December 20, 2015

You won't want to miss part 3, up this weekend, you'll meet a farmer who grows organic, conventional, and GMO crops: https://food52.com/blog...

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Lindsay-Jean Hard
Lindsay-Jean Hard December 21, 2015

Our final installment is up today, find out what it's like to spend a day on a dairy farm: https://food52.com/blog... Thank you all for your participation!

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