In 2009, a group of WWU researchers in Bellingham, WA, began studying local farming. One of the results of their project, an award winning short film, can be viewed on their website, http://www.farmresilience.org/. The study examines threats to small and medium size rural farms and also the steps those farms are taking to ensure viability in the face of economic and environmental hardship. On their site you can also read about the study, learn about future projects and how you can take action.