While farmers already know just how much we are connected (and vulnerable) to the variability inherent in working with nature, farming connects to Climate Change in profound ways. On the one hand, industrial farming is one of the main contributors to Climate Change. On the other, agroecological farming can actually mitigate and reduce the risks, vulnerability and impacts of a changing climate.
With this contradiction in mind, it is clear that to confront Climate Change rather than just react to it, we need to nurture strong farmer networks, adapt the way we farm to reduce impacts on the environment, and make our farms and farmers more climate resilient.
MESA is proud to offer an online course to help you build the tools to do just that.
Climate Resilience – A Course for Farmers
In this interatctive online course, you will learn and share knowledge with climate resilient agriculture experts, experienced farmers, and MESA’s network of agroecology educators. You will build relationships to a peer group to share expertise and strengthen community-based farmer-to-farmer networks. You’ll learn to create and apply strategies to improve environmental conditions on your farm while helping build resilience and productivity within your management practices, all oriented to confronting Climate Change in your context. After May 30-July 30, you’ll have a break followed by an in-person farmer-farmer field day to wrap up the course.
By taking this course you will:
- Understand how your farm or ranch connects with climate change, agroecology, and global agriculture
- Create a Climate Resilience Action Plan for your farm or ranch
- Develop new relationships to share best practices and strategies
- Connect regionally with farmers and ranchers during a Farmer-to-Farmer Field Day and through live, interactive online meetings
- Increase your farm or ranch’s ability to adapt to the impacts of Climate Change and reduce both the production, social and financial risks of climate variability
- Gain familiarity with the regional tools, policies and resources available to support you as a farmer in the face of climate change