Participatory research is a useful technique for collecting basic data over a large geographic area. Garlic production was chosen as a participatory research study focus in Maine. Project participants (285) received bulbs to plant, monitored their crop, and reported data online. Participants received a monthly educational newsletter to improve their garlic production and maintain interest in the project. The project introduced many new gardeners to growing garlic for the first time. Participants overwhelmingly reported they shared the information they learned and that they plan to continue to grow garlic. The successful project benefited Maine growers and Extension staff.
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Fuller, D., & Johnson, S. B. (2013). The Maine Garlic Project: A Participatory Research and Education Program. The Journal of Extension, 51(4), Article 13. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.51.04.13