The purpose of this data collection tool is to assist operators of unique agricultural production systems in gathering the information necessary to evaluate the environmental performance of the production system. Expanding interest in local, fresh, sustainable food production has driven innovation and change around the globe. Various options for producing near year-round local produce in temperate regions have emerged. Evaluating the environmental implications of these options in order to inform choices on the most sustainable option as well as to drive further improvement and innovation requires empirical data on their operation. This tool aims to identify the data required and lower the barriers to effectively gathering that data. It is recommended that design and implementation of an environmental performance evaluation be done in collaboration with a LCA practitioner, and engaging that expertise early in the process will aid in refining data needs. Still, this tool will help get you started. Learn more about using the tool (PDF).