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Registration • Climate Adaptation for Vegetable and Flower Farms Webinar

Climate Adaptation for Vegetable & Flower Farmers

PLEASE NOTE!   We have rescheduled this live event to Thursday, May 19 at 5pm ET, due to unforeseen circumstances. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you will join us at the new time and date.
About Our Presenters
Julie Fine Julie Fine is the Climate and Agriculture Specialist at American Farmland Trust – New England. She works directly with farmers on soil health and climate adaptation practices. With years of experience as an organic vegetable farmer, Julie negotiates these issues with respect for real-world farm demands. As Johnny's Northeast Territory Sales Representative from 2018 to 2021, Julie loved connecting with growers about well-adapted varieties and cover crops. She was a 2021 Climate Adaptation Fellow and has an MS in plant and soil science from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst.
Johanna Willingham Johanna Willingham is the Pacific Northwest Territory Sales Representative at Johnny's. After many years of farming on both large- and small-scale diversified farms around the world, she obtained her bachelor's degree in Sustainable Agriculture at the Evergreen State College. Her career focus has been sustainable agriculture production, field production of fruit and vegetables, and livestock management. Her agricultural passions include appropriate technology, streamlining farm systems, emerging IPM techniques, climate resiliency, and local food sovereignty.
Jeremy Barker Plotkin Jeremy Barker Plotkin has been a vegetable farmer in Massachusetts for 20 years. After interning at the Land Institute in 1993, Jeremy earned his Master's in plant and soil sciences from the University of Maine, then founded Simple Gifts Farm at the New England Small Farm Institute in Belchertown, Massachusetts. Over the next 7 years, he grew the farm and, in 2006, moved his operation to the 40-acre North Amherst Community Farm, where Dave Tepfer joined him as farm partner. Jeremy and Dave have won several USDA SARE grants for on-farm research projects and work devotedly to manage the farm as an ecological system.
About Our Guest Panelist
Joshua Faulkner, PhDJoshua Faulkner, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor and Farming & Climate Change Program Coordinator at the University of Vermont Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture. He conducts applied research and outreach on soil, water, and nutrient-related issues across the state. He provides technical assistance to farmers on practices and innovative solutions to improve the management of these resources. Joshua's work spans from the farmstead to the watershed scale.

DATE: Thursday, May 19, 2022

TIME: 5pm ET

In partnership with
American Farmland Trust

OVERVIEW: Farms are increasingly at risk for crop, soil, and infrastructure damage from changing temperature and precipitation patterns. Drought and flooding have occurred within the same growing season. How do farms prepare for both extremes? We have partnered with American Farmland Trust to introduce adaptation planning and how to get started.

Climate change adaptation planning can help farmers strategically assess vulnerabilities and implement practices to build the resilience of farms and agroecosystems. This webinar is for vegetable and flower growers of any scale who want to examine the potential impacts of climate change on their farms and start a plan for climate adaptation. We will also share several adaptation experiences from farmers.

A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

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Learning Resources

American Farmland Trust • Climate Adaptation Planning Worksheet for Farms • PDF
A worksheet developed for farmers to use in creating their own plan for climate adaptation and farm resilience, knowing the unique variables of their land and operation. Read…
Adaptation Resources for Agriculture: Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Midwest and Northeast • PDF
USDA Midwest, Northeast, and Northern Forests Climate Hubs. 2016. Adaptation Resources for Agriculture: Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Midwest and Northeast. Read…
Cultivating Climate Resilience on Farms & Ranches • PDF
SARE. 2015. Cultivating Climate Resilience on Farms & Ranches. Read…
Heat & Drought: How Flower Farmers Are Adapting to Changing & Challenging Climatic Conditions • Article
Five flower farmers from across the U.S. share how they are adapting to heat, drought, and the extreme weather events of a changing climate. Read…