Jude Wait


Current research in progress: Resilience of Food Farming

With a vision of food security based on locally produced healthy food accessible to everyone, our research is focused on farmers growing food in rapidly urbanizing Clark County, Washington. We want to find out what will be needed for small-scale direct-market farms to successfully produce food, despite threats to their long-term sustainability. For example, farmers might build resilience by enhancing soil health and biodiversity, pursuing diverse market strategies, sharing information about innovations, and working together to develop policy solutions. The goal is to support farmers and farmland resources protection. Results will be used to inform the direction of research, education, funding, and planning.

To learn more about this research, contact Jude Wait, Environmental and Natural Resources Ph.D. Candidate, with the [virtual] Agroecology & Urban Ecosystems "lab," WSU Vancouver (jude@judewait.com).

We welcome the participation of farmers, especially, along with other food system stakeholders.