Marin County
University of California
Marin County

WEBINAR: Climate Resilience – A Course for Farmers

Dates: May 30, 2018 - July 10, 2018

Time: All Day

Contact: 415-473-4204

Sponsor: Farm Centered Learning Network


Event Details

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.

In this 8-week course, you will learn and share knowledge with climate resilient agriculture experts, experienced farmers, and MESA’s network of agroecology educators. You will also be matched in a mentor-mentee relationship to share expertise and strengthen community-based farmer-to-farmer networks. Over the course of the 8 weeks, you’ll 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.

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 mentor-mentee relationships to share best practices and strategies
    Connect with farmers and ranchers in California during a Farmer-to-Farmer Field Day and live, interactive webinars
  • 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


  • The Climate Resilient Course will launch May 30th, 2018. Weekly live webinars begin June 6 – July 10, 2018.
  • Farmer-to-Farmer Field Days: dates TBD


  • 6-10 live webinars (weekly, June 6 – July 10, 2018)
  • 1  in-person Farmer-to-Farmer Field Day (regional)
  • 6 Applied Activities
  • Recorded videos and lectures
  • Readings and Background Material 

This course is for you if you are:

  • A Beginning Farmer/Rancher (Farming/Ranching for less than 10 years OR
  • An Experienced Farmer/Rancher (Farming/Ranching for more than 10 years)


  • Actively Farming/Ranching in either Northern California/Bay Area or the Rogue Valley, Oregon
  • Willing and able to travel to one Farmer-to-Farmer Field Day in your region
  • Willing and able to participate in weekly live webinars and complete all relevant activities
  • Strong interest and desire to practice climate adaptive and resilient farming/ranching



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