Building a Resilient Farmer Network in the Face of Climate Disruption

Project Overview

ONE19-348
Project Type: Partnership
Funds awarded in 2019: $29,917.00
Projected End Date: 04/30/2022
Grant Recipient: Vital Communities
Region: Northeast
State: Vermont
Project Leader:
Beth Roy
Vital Communities

Commodities

Not commodity specific

Practices

  • Sustainable Communities: community development, local and regional food systems, social networks, sustainability measures

    Proposal abstract:

    Climate disruption is a growing threat to Upper Valley food producers and the communities that rely on them. Having spoken with several local producers about what would best assist their response to our changing climate, Vital Communities’ Valley Food & Farm (VFF) staff proposes a series of regularly scheduled, farmer-directed gatherings to focus on peer-to-peer learning, discussions with experts, on-farm models and demonstrations, and access to other resources that could improve farm resiliency.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    As indicated, there is significant expertise among our farmer base and we have cultivated a culture of convening and sharing. This project seeks to directly assist approximately 35 farmers in adapting their farm practices to climate instability through education, awareness-building, technical assistance, and peer support. They will also be coached to take a leadership role in securing our region’s food supply by creating food system resiliency in their communities.  An additional 75 farmers will benefit from by-products of the project: powerpoints, reports, and other residual materials online.  Objectives include

    - Building a community of farmers focused on sharing knowledge, equipment, production, or other resources needed for the coming decades;

    - Providing a central clearinghouse to make relevant resources continuously available to Upper Valley producers;

    - Collaborating with farmers to develop a convening format that accommodates their busy schedules, including content they find practical and relevant;

    - Facilitating individual farms and/or the group as a whole in identifying gaps in resources needed over the short term to meet their farm and community goals related to climate change.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.