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Here's a survey on community food forests. The only drawback: the deadline is in two days! If you are involved in one or have visited any forest gardens in communty spaces, Andreas Samus would like to hear from you. He is based in Germany, but I believe the survey is global.

https://www.soscisurvey.de/food_forests/?q=RS
 
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If you can take the survey (or even if you can't but are itnersted in its results) it would be good to psot a quick reply on this forum, just so the topic remains visible to new people. Thanks!
 
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His concept of food forest was not clear, and it seemed to be about havng visited a formal forest garden with a name,, and not any place where you garden and have trees...

He want to know what kind of person visit those gardens, and what is it associated with. I found a few questions bothering and not right, like about "rights" of animals, when right are a human subjective concept. So I agreed and did not at the same time. Also he asks if we take supermarket bags. I do, and I use them right! Many questions about us and nature are what experience people at autonomic nervous system level and not  much opinions as they seem in the questions.
 
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Considering this survey is part of a research masters thesis, I find it to be rather full of presumptions. His has base premises that really don't exist, such as multiple established commercial food forests within urban perimeters which allow residents to harvest food. While I know of some botanical gardens and preservation gardens that include food forests, they are for display and education only. Plus these gardens are not located in urban situations. I also feel there is a flaw in that there are no escape answers for sone question, such as "I don't know", "not applicable", etc.

From the questions in the survey, should I conclude that cities in Germany have multiple established (thus named) food forests open for public at-will harvesting?

While the survey targets just urban food forests, it fails to account for non-urban ones. The failure to track urbanites who go outside the urban environment to visit food forests is a weakness in the research. Plus it fails to consider forest forests that are non-commercial, such as community gardens, non-profit gardens, open farms, PYO, etc.

I did not fill out the survey because there are zero public access, harvestable food forests in my entire state. But I regularly harvest food from forest situations, both natural and manmade. This survey fails to account for my state and I could not convey that information for his research paper.
 
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I think therre is an email at the end of the survey and you can also answer the questions even if you answer "no" at the first page. Maybe you have not seen the other types of question, about what public you are from....
 
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Thanks Xisca. I see now that if I answer no, then I get a different survey, but I still have questions that I cannot answer since they don't apply to me. And to give an answer other than "not applicable" will give a skewed result. Perhaps I should simply pretend that I'm located in urbanized Germany?

In addition, many of the questions either lack definition or contain two or more "truths" for which you have to pass judgement I could agree with one half of the statement but not the other, so how to answer? Plus it's difficult to answer when you don't know what he means by "recover', "spirituality", etc. And personally, I question the lumping of animals, birds (aren't bird animals?), and plants together when discussing "rights". Is a four year college grad really not aware that birds are animals?

I'm not comfortable with this survey. For a master thesis level, me thinks the author needs to have his advisor review his survey.
 
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