Specialty Crops

Specialty crops face a variety of climate-related challenges. Perennials such as grapevines and nut trees represent a major investment and – unlike annual field crops – cannot be abandoned or fallowed in the event of a severe drought, storm, or heat wave. Warmer temperatures may prevent stonefruit (such as peaches and cherries) from experiencing the chill-hours needed for proper flowering.

Nelson Cecarelli talks with the USDA Northeast Climate Hub about his farming practices in October 2017.

This year is different for Cecarelli Farms. In late January, Nelson Cecarelli passed away after a battle with cancer. His legacy of agricultural stewardship and passion for farming continue through his business partner and friend, Will DellaCamera. Over the past 20 years, Nelson...

Continued Conversations with Cecarelli Farms

Aerial View of Woodman Horticultural Research Farm

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   Climate change poses both risks and opportunities for Northeast growers. A trend toward shorter, milder winters leads to longer growing seasons and potential for new crops and varieties for...

Woodman Horticultural Research Farm at UNH

rows of crops with irrigation

California produces over 90 percent of the nation’s specialty crops, supporting a diverse and vibrant multi-billion-dollar agricultural production system. Here, we present a synthesis of research on agricultural practices in the state’s specialty crop systems and their capacity...

Greenhouse gas mitigation and specialty crops

Cover page to the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit

This toolkit lays out the common operational elements that most urban farmers must consider as they start up or grow their operations. It also contains a special section on resources for developing indoor growing operations, such as aquaponic facilities. For each element, the...

USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit

Cover image to Adaptation Resources for Agricultire

Changes in climate and extreme weather are already increasing challenges for agriculture. This technical bulletin was developed specifically to meet the unique needs of agricultural producers, and provide educators and service providers in the Midwest and Northeast regions of...

Adaptation Resources for Agriculture: Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Midwest and Northeast

Screenshot from Farming & Climate Change: Edgewater Farm

Extreme weather is the new normal for farming in the Northeast In this USDA Climate Hub-funded video series produced by the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, hear how three successful organic farmers in Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are adapting their farming...

Adapting to Climate Change: New England Farmers

Aquaponics System at UDC

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   The University of the District of Columbia showcases an urban food hub at the East Capitol Urban Farm and helps address food security issues. Food security will continue to be a challenge...

UDC Urban Farm

The Northeast region of the United States is home to a tremendous array of edible crop production including all except sub-tropical species.  The region has a wide variety of climate zones, soil types, and accessible, large markets, and has a long history of terminal markets...

Specialty Crop Production in a Constantly Changing Climate

In conversation with Nelson Cecarelli, Owner of Cecarelli Farms on June 5th, 2017 Well before the installation of a RainWise MKIII weather station at Cecarelli Farms this past January, Nelson Cecarelli was itching to harness the power of his own on-farm data. The year prior,...

Cecarelli Farms Talks Data Driven Decision-Making

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