Cultivating Resilience

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We collaborated with Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to create a series of video shorts that share stories of agricultural resilience. We wanted to listen to what hopeful stories farmers were sharing about climate change and community, so we connected with scientist Laura Lengnick who had just released her new book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems in a Changing Climate. We began in the Southeast, first visiting livestock producer Will Harris of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, then dairyman Tom Trantham at Happy Cow Creamery in Peltzer, South Carolina and finally vegetable grower Ken Dawson of Maple Spring Gardens in Cedar Grove, North Carolina. Then, we continued our tour with a trip to the Northern Great Plains to visit Bob Quinn Organic Farmer in Big Sandy, Montana. These farmers shared changes in weather that they have experienced on their farms and the climate resilience benefits resulting from their innovative actions.

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QUINN

QUINN ORGANIC FARM, MONTANA

HARRIS

WHITE OAK PASTURES, GEORGIA

DAWSON

MAPLE SPRING GARDENS, NORTH CAROLINA

TRANTHAM

HAPPY COW CREAMERY, SOUTH CAROLINA

CULTIVATING RESILIENCE

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FARMERS, MEET FARMERS
Read about how farmers are cultivating resilience in Laura Lengnick's book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate  (New Society Publishers). This resource blends climate science and resilience thinking to explore the adaptation stories of sustainable producers growing food across the United States.
BOOK A SPEAKER

The Cultivating Resilience Tour offers education tailored to your campus or event. Through interactive workshops and public lectures, Climate Listening Project director Dayna Reggero and/or scientist Laura Lengnick engage your group in the study of climate change, storytelling, food systems and community resilience.

AT THE TABLE

What we eat matters. The food choices we make every day have a big impact. The good news is that even small changes in what we buy and eat can add up to real benefits, including reducing global warming emissions. Learn easy actions via NRDC's Eat Green: Our Everyday Food Choices Affect Global Warming and the Environment - Fact Sheet.

NATIONAL FARMERS UNION COMMUNITY
National Farmers Union NFU Climate Leaders is a community of farmers, ranchers, educators, policy makers, journalists and concerned citizens that share common concern over the current and looming threats posed to agriculture and food security by climate change.
USDA CLIMATE HUB
The resources found here via USDA Climate Hubs are designed to assist farmers, ranchers, forest landowners, rural communities, and Tribal governments with planning for and managing risks associated with weather extremes and climate changes.
MANAGING RISK
Cultivating Climate Resilience on Farms and Ranches from SARE and USDA by Laura Lengnick. By understanding the climate risks to your production system and practices that can reduce those risks, you can identify some management steps that will improve the resilience of your farm or ranch to changing climate conditions while allowing you to achieve your other sustainability goals.
AT HOME
The Climate-Friendly Gardener. A Guide to Combating Global Warming from the Ground Up. Tips from Union of Concerned Scientists.
FOUR STEPS FOR ANYONE
We can do a lot as individuals to put our country on the path to a sustainable and resilient future, fueled by delicious, healthy and climate-resilient sustainable and organic food. Four tips from Laura Lengnick for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.
SHOPPING GUIDE
Ten Climate-Friendly Food Shopping Tips! From the Humankind Public Radio Program distributed Worldwide by NPR.