Cornell survey: Has the Covid-19 pandemic changed where and how CNY folks get their food? – newyorkupstate.com

Has the Covid-19 pandemic changed the way people are getting their food? Has there been a surge this year in Upstate New York residents getting more into gardening, fishing, hunting and foraging for wild plants as a result?

A Cornell University survey targeting several Central New York counties aims to find out. Participants must be over 18 years old and live in Broome, Cortland, Oswego, Onondaga, Cayuga, or Seneca counties.

The main researcher conducting this study is Kathryn Fiorella, a professor at Cornell University and her graduate student, Jeanne Coffin-Schmitt.

“There has been a surge in interest in food-related activities like gardening and hunting alongside COVID-19 affecting people’s access to and attitudes about food,” according to a news release about the survey. “To understand how this is working in New York, your local Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) office is working with our research team at Cornell University.

“Our goal is to learn about use of wild and backyard produced foods during COVID-19, to better support the use of these foods, and to share what is learned with all community partners.”

Food foraged in late April in the Syracuse area: wild onions, Japanese knotweed and ramps.SYR

The survey can be found online, by emailing wild.backyard.food.study@gmail.com or by calling (607) 319-2517.

Survey participants can enter a raffle for one of twenty, $50 gift cards to a local grocery store. There is also an option to participate in additional follow up research.

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