Develop an action plan for your farm to stay one step ahead of climate change.
The earth’s climate is always in flux, but today’s rate of change is far beyond what previous generations of farmers have had to face. In this six-week online course, learn to identify the key impacts on your farm, and how to develop a plan of action to both increase resiliency to extreme temperature and precipitation events, or short term drought, as well as strategies to reduce your farm’s greenhouse gas footprint. Participants will learn from climate experts, educators, and fellow farmers on ways they can proactively approach challenges such as drought, flooding, summer heat stress, changing seasons, freeze risk, and heightened pest and weed pressures. These practices are not only good for climate preparedness, but also help farms increase their bottom line by building soil health, reducing stress on animals, increasing energy efficiency and efficiency of farm inputs, and protecting crop yields. Course fee: $150.
This course is for prospective, new, or experienced farmers interested in increasing the resiliency and sustainability of their farm, in order to be better prepared to respond to climate variability and climate change. This course focuses primarily on experiences and practices for the Northeast United States, but the general ideas presented are applicable everywhere.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the science behind climate change and the impacts to agriculture
- Assess the risks that extreme weather and climate variability pose to your specific farm
- Understand and assess potential opportunities that climate change presents to your farm
- Develop a plan of action on how to respond to increase the adaptation and sustainability of your farm
- Gain familiarity with new tools and resources to arm you with more accurate information to make more informed decisions
- Dr. Allison Chatrchyan, Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions Senior Research Associate in the Departments of Development Sociology and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
- David Lane and Danielle Eiseman, Research Associates with the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions