Upper Valley farmers are critical as we respond to and prepare for climate change.
Farms strengthen natural resources, bolster our self-sufficiency, and improve social and environmental resilience. Global climate change is also a growing threat to the survival of Upper Valley farms and the communities that rely on them. Upper Valley farmers, always focused on feeding their community, are responding with a range of climate adaptation techniques, educational initiatives, and political advocacy efforts. They are adopting practices that both lessen their output of greenhouse gases and make our landscape and food system more resilient in face of climate stresses.
Vital Communities supports farmers focused on climate change with peer-to-peer networking, technical assistance related to marketing and production, and public education on the role of local farmers in community resilience.
Apply to Join the Climate Farmer Stories Project
Promote the positive role your farm plays in climate resilience while connecting with fellow farmers by joining the Climate Farmer Stories “marketing” cohort.
This FREE, USDA-funded program aims to boost your sales and improve public awareness of the important roles farms play in climate resilience and builds on the climate hero campaign – just with more farms, more art, more stories, and more marketing and events.
Climate Farmer Digital Toolkits
Vital Communities and its partners are developing digital toolkits to help farmers adopt climate-friendly practices and communicate those practices through your marketing. Watch this space for additional toolkits!
“Farming & Climate Change: Edgewater Farm,” Nov 29, 2016, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture